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Planet Earth (SA?) Keycap Set
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Hello and welcome!

After searching through many different sets of keycaps, I was shocked to find we were severely lacking in green and brown keycap sets. So I felt like it was time to change that. And what better way than to honor the planet we all live on. :)

The Story

Quote

“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.”



– David Attenborough



From a brand new creator and designer, Omnipotent/io2red brings us, Planet Earth! A keycap set that is inspired by the beautiful and amazing planet that gives us all life.


May I present to you...

Planet Earth





Technical Specs




Profile: Undecided. Probably SA (1-1-2-3-4-3), SA 3 Uniform, or Flat/Unsculptured DSA
Keycap Manufacturer: Probably by Signature Plastics
Colors: (Signature plastics ABS) VCS, TGH, GD.
Keyboard Compatibility: Almost everything! Ergodox, Planck, ISO, HHKB, Clueboard, VB660m, RS78, TKL, WKL, 75%, 65%, 40%, and even Numpads.
Price: No quote attempted yet.
Group Buy: <Not Yet Active> (Will probably be done through MassDrop or PMK)
Keyboard-Layout-Editor links: <Currently Not Shared>

Keycap Manufacturer: Probably by Signature Plastics, because GMK doesn't have a green that looks good with brown. :(
(Unless GMK BR1 & N7 are closer to SP TGH & VCS than I currently realize. Someone please correct me if I am wrong.)




Version: 1b
Last Updated: 11/11/2016 @9:47 AM (-8 PST)


Base Kits


Child Kits






Completed Sets
Full with ANSI
Needed: Base Alphas/Numerics + Bio Modifiers + TKL Kit + pH Tester Kit



Full with ANSI + (Novelties)
Needed: Base Alphas/Numerics + Bio Modifiers + TKL Kit + pH Tester Kit + Novelties



Full with ANSI + (Novelties) V2
Needed: Base Alphas/Numerics + Bio Modifiers + TKL Kit + pH Tester Kit + Novelties



Full with Partial ISO
Needed: Base Alphas/Numerics + Bio Modifiers + TKL Kit + pH Tester Kit


TKL with ANSI V1A
Needed: Base Alphas/Numerics + Bio Modifiers + TKL Kit



TKL with ANSI V1B + Spacebars
Needed: Base Alphas/Numerics + Bio Modifiers + TKL Kit + Spacebars



TKL with ANSI + Novelties
Needed: Base Alphas/Numerics + Bio Modifiers + TKL Kit + Novelties



Ergodox
Needed: Base Alphas/Numerics + Ergodox Kit



RedScarf78 / RS78
Needed: Base Alphas/Numerics + Bio Modifiers + TKL Kit



75% Keyboards (Drevo Gramr / Noppo Choc Mini / B.mini / Etc:)
Needed: Base Alphas/Numerics + Bio Modifiers + TKL Kit + Tsangan



Winkeyless (Whitefox / RS68)
Needed: Base Alphas/Numerics + Bio Modifiers + TKL Kit + Tsangan + Spacebars



Clueboard / VB660m / FC660m
Needed: Base Alphas/Numerics + Bio Modifiers + TKL Kit + pH Tester + (Tsangan or Novelties)



HHKB2
Needed: Base Alphas/Numerics + Bio Modifiers + TKL Kit + (Tsangan or Novelties)



Planck
Needed: Planck Kit



40% Keyboards
Needed: Base Alphas/Numerics + Bio Modifiers



40% Keyboards (60% Stripe)
Needed: Base Alphas/Numerics + Bio Modifiers + 60% Stripe



Keypad / Numpad V1
Needed: pH Tester Kit



Keypad / Numpad V2
Needed: pH Tester Kit







FAQ

Q: Where will this be dropped?
A: I am not sure yet. But there is a good chance it will be on Massdrop or PMK, unless someone can help me organize it.

Q: Why does <Insert Kit Name Here> have this button? [pic]
A: I am a usually a Full keyboard user. All of these child kits have been developed with my own personal research and might not be perfect. Some could potentially be optimized better. If you have any suggestions I would love to hear from you!

Q: Is this set compatible with Logitech G710 or Corsair Strafe?
A: No, not entirely sorry. There is no 6.5u spacebar included in this kit. You will need to find or use your own.

Q: What are the color chips used in this set?
A: &

Q: How would I cover a... <Insert Keyboard Name Here>?
A: Each keyboard can vary greatly. But I have tried to accommodate as many different layouts as possible.
Full Size keyboard: Alphas + Modifiers + TKL Kit + pH Tester
ISO keyboards: Alphas + Modifiers + ISO / UK Kit (+ TKL Kit if TKL or larger & + pH Tester if you have a Numpad)
Standard TKL: Alphas + Modifiers + TKL Kit
Winkeyless keyboard: Base + Mods + TKL Kit + Tsangan + Spacebars
Infinity 60% Hacker/Standard: Base + Mods
Standard 60% (ANSI): Base + Mods
Standard 60% (ISO): Base + Mods (Depending on layout, ISO / UK Kit may also be necessary)
Whitefox, Neutrino, RedScarf68: Base + Mods + TKL Kit + Tsangan + Spacebars
Leopold FC660M, Clueboard: Base + Mods + TKL Kit + (Tsangan OR Novelties)
JD40: Alphas + 40's Kit + Spacebars
Planck or Preonic: Planck Kit
ErgoDox: Alphas + ErgoDox Kit
HHKB-like keyboard (Duck Viper, Duck Eagle, some GH60 layouts, some KMAC Happy layouts): Base + Mods + Tsangan





Help Support Planet Earth!

Small Banner


Code: [Select]
[url=http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=85790.0][img]http://i.imgur.com/K7yCquX.png[/img][/url]
1. Select and copy the code
2. Hover your mouse over the "Profile" tab, and a drop down menu will appear.
3. Click on the "Forum Profile" link.
4. Scroll down, and paste the copied code into the "Signature" box
5. Click the "Change Profile" button in the bottom right, and you're finished!
6. Anyone and everyone who can help me share this has my ultimate gratitude!



Large Banner


Code: [Select]
[url=http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=85790.0][img]http://i.imgur.com/g3LWTaH.png[/img][/url]
1. Select and copy the code
2. Hover your mouse over the "Profile" tab, and a drop down menu will appear.
3. Click on the "Forum Profile" link.
4. Scroll down, and paste the copied code into the "Signature" box
5. Click the "Change Profile" button in the bottom right, and you're finished!
6. Anyone and everyone who can help me share this has my ultimate gratitude!






Acknowledgements

I would like to thank T0mb3ry for his help and criticism regarding this set. Also a big thank you to MiTo & Zambumon for inspiring me to start designing this keycap set with their brilliant work. To anyone else that I may have missed... Thank you!


Thanks for reading!


Planet Earth is the first keycap set created and designed by Omnipotent / io2red.







To-Do List

1. Design Base kits & Child kits. <COMPLETE>
2. Design completed kits with different keyboards. <COMPLETE>
3. Make pictures of each kit and prepare them for presentation. <COMPLETE & ONGOING>
4. Design More Novelty Keycaps. <COMPLETE>
5. Seek info, C&C, and help from other keycap designers/artists. <COMPLETE & ONGOING>
  a. [Poll] What should the keycap profile be for Planet Earth? <POLL ONGOING>
  b. [Poll] Are you interested in this keycap set? <POLL ONGOING>
6. Decide on the keycap profile. <PENDING>
7. Refine the various Kits and Sets to be more useful. <ONGOING>
8. Create Feedback/IC posts to get suggestions and/or recommendations from various different people, and find out if people are interested with an IC. <IN PROGRESS>
9. Create Renders of Each Kit. <PENDING/IN PROGRESS>




Worklog & Changes
More
June 11, 2016 - Inception of the idea. Design pictures thought up on KLE. Set not yet designed.
Oct 22, 2016 - Serious work begins on Planet Earth.
Oct 25, 2016 - General design for base kits and child kits are completed.
Oct 26, 2016 - Omni begins working on some renders.
Oct 27, 2016 - Help from other keycap designers is sought out, and the IC post is created but not yet posted.
Nov 02, 2016 - More designers are asked.
Nov 05, 2016 - Mod asked about Novelties.
Nov 10, 2016 - Two more novelties designed.
Nov 11, 2016 - Novelties redesigned, IC Post updated.
Nov 12, 2016 - Reddit post designed & created/ IC Post updated and posted.
Nov 15, 2016 - Planet Earth undergoes a temporary hiatus.
Nov 30, 2016 - The Blue Marble IC is posted. The temporary hiatus on Planet Earth will soon be lifted! :)





Similar Keycap Sets

1976 Profile: SA - Color(s) Shared: TGH
The Amazing Chocolatier Profile: SA - Color(s) Shared: TGH
COMMANDO 23 Profile: SA - Color(s) Shared: VF
CREAM CHEESE AND GREEN Profile: DCS - Color(s) Shared: VBQ
DSA RETRO Profile: SA - Color(s) Shared: TBN
Green Tea Profile: DCS - Color(s) Shared: VBQ
Little Garden Profile: GMK - Color(s) Shared: No Codes Posted Yet
Mint Chocolate Profile: SA - Color(s) Shared: TGH
NUCLEAR DATA Profile: SA - Color(s) Shared: VV
Turtle Power Profile: DCS - Color(s) Shared: VCS
Watermelon Profile: DSA - Color(s) Shared: VCS
Count: SA: 6 | DCS: 3 | DSA: 1 | GMK: 1

Note: None of the similar keycap sets are DSA. All are SA, or DCS.



Topic Last Updated: 11/30/2016, @ 08:27 PM (-8 PST)
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« Reply #1 on: Sat, 12 November 2016, 11:22:36 »
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« Reply #2 on: Sat, 12 November 2016, 12:36:13 »
I think DSA might be a better profile for this set. From what I've seen, most successful SA sets have been based on a culturally significant piece of art. On the other hand, there is a good number of successful DSA sets which have not had specific sources of inspiration.
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« Reply #3 on: Sat, 12 November 2016, 22:42:56 »
I think DSA might be a better profile for this set. From what I've seen, most successful SA sets have been based on a culturally significant piece of art. On the other hand, there is a good number of successful DSA sets which have not had specific sources of inspiration.
Thanks for your input! I hear you on that. DSA was really what I was originally considering for this set. But there are already a lot of DSA sets that in the making right now, and it is back ordered quite a bit. I also had never used a DSA set at that point. Now that I have used DSA I don't really love it as much as originally thought I would.  :p Depending on how much cheaper it is though, it may be well worth it. DSA is not out of the question.  ;)
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Re: [IC] Planet Earth (SA?) Keycap Set | Seeking YOUR Feedback
« Reply #4 on: Sun, 13 November 2016, 04:36:40 »
I was really expecting some blue, considering planet earth is mostly blue!

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« Reply #5 on: Sun, 13 November 2016, 11:06:50 »
I was really expecting some blue, considering planet earth is mostly blue!

Indeed, someone mentioned that on Reddit as well and I hear you. Blue and gray were considered in earlier mock ups of this set. The original concept itself used blue legends on the green keys. But in an attempt to keep the costs lower, I have limited the color palette. AFAIK using more colors can increase the cost quite a bit. So I think it would be in our best interest to keep the colors limited for now. In the future I would definitely be interested in exploring the possibilities of adding colors like blue or gray.

Here is a previous version of the base and child kits to show you what I mean about Gray being used. It looks pretty good and I'm sure blue would too. :)

Old Base Kits & Old Child Kits
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« Reply #6 on: Sun, 13 November 2016, 11:18:15 »
I'm not sure amount of colors factors into cost as much as key quantity. http://pimpmykeyboard.com/dsa-borealis-keyset/
I'd ask Melissa at SP to be sure.

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« Reply #7 on: Sun, 13 November 2016, 12:55:06 »
I think you could omit the blue and change the name to "Terra Firma" since Terra Firma is Earth with dry land & without the air & water.  Just a suggestion.

Looks great nonetheless, especially if it's in SA.

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« Reply #8 on: Sun, 13 November 2016, 13:09:08 »
No love for Mac users?

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« Reply #9 on: Sun, 13 November 2016, 14:07:26 »
I'm not sure amount of colors factors into cost as much as key quantity. http://pimpmykeyboard.com/dsa-borealis-keyset/
I'd ask Melissa at SP to be sure.
Alright, thats good to know, thanks! In other industries printing multiple colors at once can get exponentially more expensive. So I was under the impression adding more colors would increase the prices here as well. I will try and get in touch with her today and confirm.

I think you could omit the blue and change the name to "Terra Firma" since Terra Firma is Earth with dry land & without the air & water.  Just a suggestion.

Looks great nonetheless, especially if it's in SA.
Thank you for the input! Very interesting suggestion. The current name is not set is stone, so this is possible. Seeing as people are sounding like they want the water though; I may end up designing in some blue and sticking with the Planet Earth name. "Terra Firma" is definitely an option. Another name I had been considering for this is "Garden of Eden".

No love for Mac users?
They usually don't do well MOQ wise as child kits, but I can design one. I was originally thinking they could use the META/SUPER keys already included in the base kit. And if you needed other keys, there is a Novelties Kit and ISO / UK kit that should cover it.

What keys would you need for a Mac Kit?


Also, if I were to add blue to this set. Where does everyone think it would fit in best?
(1) Blue legends with brown keys?
(2) Blue legends with green keys?
(3) Green legends with blue keys?
(4) Brown legends with blue keys?
Note: BDH (#005699) is the color used here.


And what would your ideal blue color be?

BDH (#005699)


BFK (#005190)


BO (#004c7f)


BE (#006f9a)


Or another? Signature Plastics ABS Colors
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« Reply #10 on: Sun, 13 November 2016, 17:22:12 »
I have an idea which would allow you to keep to the spirit of SA sets, but which might require some more changes to the color scheme. You can refocus the set around the The Blue Marble picture, which I've attached below. I'm thinking that the two pairings of colors you should use are green on brown and white on blue.

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« Reply #11 on: Mon, 14 November 2016, 02:53:08 »
I have an idea which would allow you to keep to the spirit of SA sets, but which might require some more changes to the color scheme. You can refocus the set around the The Blue Marble picture, which I've attached below. I'm thinking that the two pairings of colors you should use are green on brown and white on blue.

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It sounds good in theory but it doesn't seem to look as good when pictured. :P




Reversed though I kinda like this.



Or this. (which does seem to make sense. The blue ocean with white clouds. & brown land with green on it.)



This one is alright, but the two above it are better IMO.

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« Reply #12 on: Mon, 14 November 2016, 04:53:30 »
I'd say that the third option is best.

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« Reply #13 on: Mon, 14 November 2016, 09:19:46 »
It sounds good in theory but it doesn't seem to look as good when pictured. :P

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Reversed though I kinda like this.
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Or this. (which does seem to make sense. The blue ocean with white clouds. & brown land with green on it.)
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This one is alright, but the two above it are better IMO.
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I like the 3rd option the best. Did you try it with a single legend color, either the white or the green for both alpha and mods?

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« Reply #14 on: Mon, 14 November 2016, 11:12:22 »
I'd say that the third option is best.
Agreed, the third looks best to me too. Second is also decent but third makes sense in many ways.

I like the 3rd option the best. Did you try it with a single legend color, either the white or the green for both alpha and mods?

Agreed, glad to hear it. I had not... But I just tried it now.

White (WFK #e5e4df) Legends


Green (VCS #00792c) Legends


The Green Legends do not seem to contrast very well with the BDH (#005699). But the White legends are decent.



I still prefer option 3 from the last batch though. What do you guys think? I can design a mock-up of it later today.

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« Reply #15 on: Mon, 14 November 2016, 12:11:04 »
If I were you I would go ahead with that. I would also change the name of the set to The Blue Marble as that will instantly convey the new inspiration.

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« Reply #16 on: Tue, 15 November 2016, 16:12:37 »
If I were you I would go ahead with that. I would also change the name of the set to The Blue Marble as that will instantly convey the new inspiration.
Great idea. Will do! I still really like the Planet Earth set. So I'm going to keep this design here and put this set on hiatus for the time being. I am working on a new thread for The Blue Marble as we speak. Be on the lookout for that soon. :)
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« Reply #17 on: Tue, 15 November 2016, 16:22:11 »
Good luck! If you ever revive this set I think it should be DSA for the reason I mentioned above and also to reduce its similarity to The Blue Marble.

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« Reply #18 on: Tue, 15 November 2016, 17:29:48 »
I just realized two things. First, this colorway is strikingly similar to that of Little Garden. Second, you might want to use beige in lieu of brown in The Blue Marble.

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« Reply #19 on: Wed, 16 November 2016, 00:46:41 »
Good luck! If you ever revive this set I think it should be DSA for the reason I mentioned above and also to reduce its similarity to The Blue Marble.
Thanks! It was originally planned for DSA so there is a good chance it will be.  ;D

I just realized two things. First, this colorway is strikingly similar to that of Little Garden. Second, you might want to use beige in lieu of brown in The Blue Marble.
The Little Garden was just posted, yes. I came up with the first two designs long before the Little Garden was created however (back in March). And his is not using any green colored keys, just green legends. That set previously did not use any green colored keys. Now it has green spacebars that he recently added. When you compare them, mine has a much different feel with a lot more green however. So I don't really have any concerns with people thinking they look too similar. :P

I had chose the brown because it looked close to dirt and there really aren't any other brown-ish colors. There is like two total, haha. What kind of beige were you thinking of? RBC? https://deskthority.net/wiki/Signature_Plastics_ABS_colours
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« Reply #20 on: Wed, 16 November 2016, 04:58:34 »
One of these should work, maybe TEA.


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« Reply #21 on: Wed, 30 November 2016, 17:40:14 »
Just a heads-up... Now that The Blue Marble IC has been posted, work may be resuming on Planet Earth soon™!  ;)

And there might be an option for blue alphas! ;3
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