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Re: [IC] DSA Season of the Witch
« Reply #50 on: Fri, 02 February 2018, 03:58:36 »
Wow, didn't see this before, looks great! Did you consider some other profile?

Thanks! :)

I have lightly considered SA3, but as it looks right now, DSA feels like the right thing. I also wanted to do a uniform profile because it's more cost efficient layout-wise; i.e. fewer keycaps necessary for covering alternative layouts (like Dvorak, Colemak, Colmak Mod-DH, Workman, Norman etc.) and other languages (Scandinavian, German, UK layouts etc.).

Also, DSA feels very retro-industrial to me. I dig that and I also feel that it works well with the Halloween III theme (I'm thinking about the scenes towards the end with all the industrial computers set up to summon Samhain). :)

What was your thoughts on choice of profile?

Looking good. Never tried DSA keycaps and these ones look nice. Lets see where this goes.

Love the new renders and am glad this is still a possibility.

Thanks! I'm sticking with it! ;D

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Re: [IC] DSA Season of the Witch
« Reply #51 on: Fri, 02 February 2018, 04:57:28 »
I would join in if these is mods kit in orange legends.
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Re: [IC] DSA Season of the Witch
« Reply #52 on: Tue, 06 February 2018, 02:04:35 »
Wow, didn't see this before, looks great! Did you consider some other profile?

Thanks! :)

I have lightly considered SA3, but as it looks right now, DSA feels like the right thing. I also wanted to do a uniform profile because it's more cost efficient layout-wise; i.e. fewer keycaps necessary for covering alternative layouts (like Dvorak, Colemak, Colmak Mod-DH, Workman, Norman etc.) and other languages (Scandinavian, German, UK layouts etc.).

Also, DSA feels very retro-industrial to me. I dig that and I also feel that it works well with the Halloween III theme (I'm thinking about the scenes towards the end with all the industrial computers set up to summon Samhain). :)

What was your thoughts on choice of profile?

Looking good. Never tried DSA keycaps and these ones look nice. Lets see where this goes.

Love the new renders and am glad this is still a possibility.

Thanks! I'm sticking with it! ;D

Renders look great...keep it DSA!!

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Re: [IC] DSA Season of the Witch
« Reply #53 on: Tue, 06 February 2018, 03:44:05 »
Wow, didn't see this before, looks great! Did you consider some other profile?

Thanks! :)

I have lightly considered SA3, but as it looks right now, DSA feels like the right thing. I also wanted to do a uniform profile because it's more cost efficient layout-wise; i.e. fewer keycaps necessary for covering alternative layouts (like Dvorak, Colemak, Colmak Mod-DH, Workman, Norman etc.) and other languages (Scandinavian, German, UK layouts etc.).

Also, DSA feels very retro-industrial to me. I dig that and I also feel that it works well with the Halloween III theme (I'm thinking about the scenes towards the end with all the industrial computers set up to summon Samhain). :)

What was your thoughts on choice of profile?

Looking good. Never tried DSA keycaps and these ones look nice. Lets see where this goes.

Love the new renders and am glad this is still a possibility.

Thanks! I'm sticking with it! ;D

Renders look great...keep it DSA!!

Sticking with DSA and really glad for all the support! Let's make this happen! :thumb:

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Re: [IC] DSA Season of the Witch
« Reply #54 on: Tue, 06 February 2018, 13:20:53 »
New render added!

TKL (Mech27-TKL by 27). Render by u/janglad.
(Attachment Link)

This is a great colorway.  Nice job.  And with DSA, at least you have a chance of your set being produced in this decade.  :cool:

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Re: [IC] DSA Season of the Witch
« Reply #55 on: Fri, 23 February 2018, 17:43:39 »
Massdrop poll is up. Vote here!

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Re: [IC] DSA Season of the Witch (Massdrop poll is up!)
« Reply #56 on: Sun, 25 February 2018, 22:06:53 »
Not really a fan of the fact that I'd have to buy 4 kits to cover my XD75 (layout here>) http://www.keyboard-layout-editor.com/#/gists/895bb28c227db0a128ad131208d5bad1


I love the colorway (and the fact that it's DSA) but a dedicated ortho kit/more compatibility in one kit would be nice.
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Re: [IC] DSA Season of the Witch (Massdrop poll is up!)
« Reply #57 on: Thu, 14 June 2018, 19:27:29 »
Added an update to the description.

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Re: [IC] DSA Season of the Witch (Massdrop poll is up!)
« Reply #58 on: Thu, 14 June 2018, 19:55:41 »
Not really a fan of the fact that I'd have to buy 4 kits to cover my XD75 (layout here>) http://www.keyboard-layout-editor.com/#/gists/895bb28c227db0a128ad131208d5bad1


I love the colorway (and the fact that it's DSA) but a dedicated ortho kit/more compatibility in one kit would be nice.

Glad you like the colorway and thanks for the input! Were there any specific keys you wondered about or had suggestions for? I'm continuously tweaking the 40%/ortho kit.

In your link I see you've added arrow keys. If you'd be satisfied with directional legends, you could cut a kit right there already.

You knowm lately I've been wondering about whether to split the kit into two, but there are two things that have prompted me so far to keep it as one: 1) looking at previous drops, while dedicated ortho and 40% kits would likely reach MOQ, they also seem less likely to reach higher drop points and lower prices; 2) 40% and ortho boards share a lot of 1u keys and both are flexible in their use of layouts; i.e. more keys to choose from for user customization.

These are just some of my thoughts at the moment and I'd appreciate any feedback and/or suggestions to make this kit (or kits) better and more compatible.

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« Reply #59 on: Thu, 14 June 2018, 20:08:28 »
Just feel the kit design is kind of out of date. More recent sets include split Rshift and Backspace in base mod kit (like R2 canvas) which will immediately improve the capability a lot. Also hope to see a split spacebar set available.

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Re: [IC] DSA Season of the Witch (Massdrop poll is up!)
« Reply #60 on: Fri, 15 June 2018, 05:26:54 »
Just feel the kit design is kind of out of date. More recent sets include split Rshift and Backspace in base mod kit (like R2 canvas) which will immediately improve the capability a lot. Also hope to see a split spacebar set available.

I've noticed recent kits include these keys, but I wonder why split LShift + split Backspace is included in a mod kit meant to cover standard layouts? HHKB-layouts are still dependent on extension and spacebar kits so is it because it's become more common with 60% form factors including arrow clusters? That would at least account for split RShift. I think could include it. I'm still tweaking the kits. :)

Edit: split spacebars will be supported. :thumb:
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Re: [IC] DSA Season of the Witch (Massdrop poll is up!)
« Reply #61 on: Fri, 15 June 2018, 05:52:43 »
This set reminds of Darling in the Franxx. o-o

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Re: [IC] DSA Season of the Witch (Massdrop poll is up!)
« Reply #62 on: Mon, 27 August 2018, 12:46:18 »
CTRL, you might be interested to know that Mondotees is re-releasing the Season of the Witch soundtrack on vinyl Wednesday. 😉

https://mondotees.com/blogs/news/music-weekly-halloween-3

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Re: [IC] DSA Season of the Witch (Massdrop poll is up!)
« Reply #63 on: Mon, 27 August 2018, 17:29:02 »
It personally would love to see this in SA profile. Thats gonna be all in for me.

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Re: [IC] DSA Season of the Witch (Massdrop poll is up!)
« Reply #64 on: Wed, 29 August 2018, 06:04:22 »
This set reminds of Darling in the Franxx. o-o

Not familiar with that anime so didn't see that coming! Glad to see people are finding their own reference points though. :)

CTRL, you might be interested to know that Mondotees is re-releasing the Season of the Witch soundtrack on vinyl Wednesday. 😉

https://mondotees.com/blogs/news/music-weekly-halloween-3

Oh, man! I know! It makes me so sad right now I don't have a record player at the moment (do have a bunch of cool vinyls sitting in a box in the attic). Short on cash now too, but still considering getting a copy just the same! ;)

Did you get one? The H3 score is excellent!

It personally would love to see this in SA profile. Thats gonna be all in for me.

I hear you, but unfortunately that would defeat one of the driving ideas behind this keyset. I'm a Swedish ISO layout user and happen to really like alternative layouts. To me, that's something custom keyboards have the ability and opportunity to do and to boldly go wher no QWERTY has gone before. A uniform profile is an absolute necessity for that.



As for a small update. Currently working on novelty key design. This is one keyset that definitely needs at least one novelty key, don't you agree? ;)

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Re: [IC] DSA Season of the Witch (Massdrop poll is up!)
« Reply #65 on: Wed, 29 August 2018, 06:18:23 »
Valid argument. Just wonder if you have ever considered uniform row 3 profile? That could be quite interesting too! Also props for dem novelties 😁. Can't wait to see how they turn out!
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Re: [IC] DSA Season of the Witch (Massdrop poll is up!)
« Reply #66 on: Thu, 30 August 2018, 01:38:21 »
Valid argument. Just wonder if you have ever considered uniform row 3 profile? That could be quite interesting too! Also props for dem novelties 😁. Can't wait to see how they turn out!

You know, in the beginning I did! I was since talked out of it by someone more experienced in the keycap design community though. I believe the reason was that it wasn't popular enough and DSA was a better bet. For now, I feel the lower, uniform profile of DSA suits the keyset well, but if there's ever a future round 2 of DSA SOTW, I could imagine it reincarnating in SA R3 or another profile.

I've been toying with the idea though of going full mono numericals, to fit with the ideas of minimalism, cost efficiency and layout coverage. Like what ChrisSwires is doing with his excellent DSA Alchemy. This would lower the key count of otherwise quite expensive kits like NORDE for one. However, I worry that DSA SOTW has been in IC for so long now, such a major change in aesthetics would alienate those who've followed the project for a long time.

Currently only working on one novelty keycap. A friend of mine who's a graphic designer by trade will design the graphics (he hasn't done keycaps before, but has done other AAA work). The technical details are a bit hard to grasps though so it's a bit slow going, but I hope we'll have something nice to show for it in the end. :)

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Re: [IC] DSA Season of the Witch (Massdrop poll is up!)
« Reply #67 on: Sun, 30 September 2018, 08:20:11 »
Hope this awesome keycap set reach the GB stage soon! I am still waiting  :)

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Re: [IC] DSA Season of the Witch (Massdrop poll is up!)
« Reply #68 on: Mon, 01 October 2018, 07:55:26 »
Hope this awesome keycap set reach the GB stage soon! I am still waiting  :)

Thanks for still following the project! I've just been hella busy with life lately, but it's still ongoing. Slowly sailing this ship ahead. :)

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Re: [IC] DSA Season of the Witch (Massdrop poll is up!)
« Reply #69 on: Wed, 03 October 2018, 14:03:46 »
Absolutely adore the colorway on this one. Not a fan of DSA but if it's the only option then I would most likely back it.

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Re: [IC] DSA Season of the Witch (Massdrop poll is up!)
« Reply #70 on: Thu, 18 October 2018, 02:21:45 »
I've been looking for a new DSA set and this one is PERFECT. I don't check this forum often, is there a like email list I can sign up to get updates on? If not, I'll try to keep checking here. Also, would the group buy be held on massdrop or somewhere else? Best of luck!

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Re: [IC] DSA Season of the Witch (Massdrop poll is up!)
« Reply #71 on: Thu, 18 October 2018, 02:36:08 »
Absolutely adore the colorway on this one. Not a fan of DSA but if it's the only option then I would most likely back it.

Thanks! The intention is to have a uniform profile for better layout compatibility:cost efficiency ratio.

I've been looking for a new DSA set and this one is PERFECT. I don't check this forum often, is there a like email list I can sign up to get updates on? If not, I'll try to keep checking here. Also, would the group buy be held on massdrop or somewhere else? Best of luck!

Thanks! No email lists or anything yet. I'll post updates here.

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Re: [IC] DSA Season of the Witch (Massdrop poll is up!)
« Reply #72 on: Thu, 18 October 2018, 02:37:51 »


I've been looking for a new DSA set and this one is PERFECT. I don't check this forum often, is there a like email list I can sign up to get updates on? If not, I'll try to keep checking here. Also, would the group buy be held on massdrop or somewhere else? Best of luck!

Thanks! No email lists or anything yet. I'll post updates here.

No worries :)
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Re: [IC] DSA Season of the Witch (Massdrop poll is up!)
« Reply #73 on: Thu, 18 October 2018, 15:33:37 »
Nice!
But your norde kit is strange "ss" is not "▀" and it is missing the numbers and third alt graph signs.

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Re: [IC] DSA Season of the Witch (Massdrop poll is up!)
« Reply #74 on: Fri, 19 October 2018, 00:54:07 »
Nice!
But your norde kit is strange "ss" is not "▀" and it is missing the numbers and third alt graph signs.

This is due to KLE not handling that particular symbol well. When typing the character, or entering its ALT code, into the field, it shows correctly as "▀", but in the image it turns up as "ss". I haven't found a workaround to this so I have it down to a bug in KLE. The manufactured legend would naturally be "▀".

As for third alt graph symbolds, these are usually not included in custom keysets due to costs.

I'm currently reworking the kits following some new ideas and feedback I've gotten. It'll be up sometime soon.

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Re: [IC] DSA Season of the Witch (Massdrop poll is up!)
« Reply #75 on: Tue, 30 October 2018, 20:49:39 »
Voted on Massdrop and eagerly awaiting this design to drop! I have a fair bit of odd-layout keebs, so DSA suits me just fine.

My only additional request is for a 75% kit with some 1u Ctrl, Alt, and Fn keys and 1.25u and 1.75u Shift keys alongside the standard modifiers!

Keep up the great work and Happy Halloween

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Re: [IC] DSA Season of the Witch (Massdrop poll is up!)
« Reply #76 on: Tue, 30 October 2018, 21:54:42 »
Just voted; after all, I need an orange & black DSA set!


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