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Offline nark0se

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Hello fellow clackers! My name is Wilhelm, I am an austrian graphic designer and I fell into the mechanical keyboard rabbit hole some years ago. I was always searching for the perfect keycaps and while some of the sets are great nothing fitted my taste perfectly. So here we are, this is my approach.

Vektor combines some of my passions: sci-fi, cyberpunk and typography. The general idea is to reduce as much from the individual letters while still maintain a decent readability.

Update 190521:
new board renders - enjoy!


Iris:






Rama 65a:





Update 190517:
Thank you all for filling out the poll. Prefered profile is DSA so far, with SA closely behind. The colorway was a tie between hack and idoru, so I figured I give it a try to combine the two.

If you are interested, please add yourself to the google form via https://forms.gle/JUyyxwthbVbv356PA - you can also still vote on the profile.

Old renders:

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I posted an earlier Version on Reddit a while back, and it got good feedback, so I figured I will start an IC over here. One of the complaints of the initial design was the color scheme, so I worked out some possible colors schemes







you can vote which one you prefer via
https://forms.gle/JUyyxwthbVbv356PA


From a production standpoint I am pretty much at the start - while I initially thought that reverse dyesubbed DSA will be my only possibility I am considering SA uniform R3 doubleshots. Needless to say that this would only work if the interest is high enough - it would mean that every letter needs a newly produced mold.

I will probably try to keep the set rather limited - the advantage of the abstract modifiers is that they can be used in different ways. My idea would be to produce a base set that covers a standard keyboards plus some extra caps for orthos and other aliens.

The design itself also will require some iterations, I want to make the set as cohesive as possible and there are still some minor aspect to smooth out.


Anyway, let me hear your thoughts - looking forward for your input!

Wilhelm
« Last Edit: Tue, 21 May 2019, 03:26:25 by nark0se »

Offline ctrlshiftba

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Re: [IC] Vektor (formerly Cypher) minimal cyberpunk keycaps
« Reply #1 on: Tue, 14 May 2019, 05:32:12 »
Really amazing work here. Id be in for a base kit for sure. Id also be down for paying a little more for double shot uniform SA r3.

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Re: [IC] Vektor (formerly Cypher) minimal cyberpunk keycaps
« Reply #2 on: Tue, 14 May 2019, 05:44:27 »
Please. For the love of all that is good and holy, make sure there's an Ortho + Alphas kit - I realize that I'll be spending $125 with you anyway, and uniform SA R3 sounds delightful to me.

I've got to fill out a board that is basically a Planck with an extra row and then a numpad, here.

Offline wcmbk

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Re: [IC] Vektor (formerly Cypher) minimal cyberpunk keycaps
« Reply #3 on: Tue, 14 May 2019, 05:45:00 »
I'm absolutely down. This looks incredible.

Offline Surefoot

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Re: [IC] Vektor (formerly Cypher) minimal cyberpunk keycaps
« Reply #4 on: Tue, 14 May 2019, 07:39:45 »
KAM or XDA(S) would be possible too for all-over reverse dye sub. I'd jump in probably for either.

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Re: [IC] Vektor (formerly Cypher) minimal cyberpunk keycaps
« Reply #5 on: Tue, 14 May 2019, 08:04:25 »
I'd be down for DSA or SA R3.  Uniform profile bois can eat
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Offline 1asdfghjkl7

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Re: [IC] Vektor (formerly Cypher) minimal cyberpunk keycaps
« Reply #6 on: Tue, 14 May 2019, 08:43:51 »
This looks awesome! Totally interested regardless of DSA or SA R3

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Re: [IC] Vektor (formerly Cypher) minimal cyberpunk keycaps
« Reply #7 on: Tue, 14 May 2019, 10:52:02 »
okay, maybe I need all colors

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Re: [IC] Vektor (formerly Cypher) minimal cyberpunk keycaps
« Reply #8 on: Tue, 14 May 2019, 11:29:05 »
awesome, how you stripped down the letters and still manage to have it clearly readable. doubleshot sa would be great!

Offline thornkin

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Re: [IC] Vektor (formerly Cypher) minimal cyberpunk keycaps
« Reply #9 on: Tue, 14 May 2019, 12:29:55 »
Consider XDA profile too. I am down for any of these. This amazing set is a must have for me if it gets produced.

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Re: [IC] Vektor (formerly Cypher) minimal cyberpunk keycaps
« Reply #10 on: Tue, 14 May 2019, 13:57:28 »
My vote is for cherry profile (or maybe MT3) reverse dye-sub

DSA and XDA don't like very good on a lot of boards out there

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Re: [IC] Vektor (formerly Cypher) minimal cyberpunk keycaps
« Reply #11 on: Tue, 14 May 2019, 20:31:47 »
Have you considered also offering regular caps? I really like your font, but some might not and offering alternate caps may bring more people and spread costs.

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Re: [IC] Vektor (formerly Cypher) minimal cyberpunk keycaps
« Reply #12 on: Tue, 14 May 2019, 20:39:40 »
Why not make all three?


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Re: [IC] Vektor (formerly Cypher) minimal cyberpunk keycaps
« Reply #13 on: Tue, 14 May 2019, 22:00:09 »
Damn I wish for cherry or fully sculpted sa

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Re: [IC] Vektor (formerly Cypher) minimal cyberpunk keycaps
« Reply #14 on: Thu, 16 May 2019, 04:13:53 »
Damn I wish for cherry or fully sculpted sa
I agree. I would seriously consider this if it was sculpted.


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Re: [IC] Vektor (formerly Cypher) minimal cyberpunk keycaps
« Reply #15 on: Thu, 16 May 2019, 07:26:15 »
Ohhho interesting!

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Re: [IC] Vektor (formerly Cypher) minimal cyberpunk keycaps
« Reply #16 on: Thu, 16 May 2019, 15:27:45 »
Damn I wish for cherry or fully sculpted sa
I agree. I would seriously consider this if it was sculpted.


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A lot of things are yet not settled but I am pretty sure that it won't be sculped - I do love sculpted sets (I am typing this on pulse and i love it), but it would limit the possibilities of rearranging the keys ( I am using just ortho boards atm) and would make the set a lot bigger and also more complicated.

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Re: [IC] Vektor (formerly Cypher) minimal cyberpunk keycaps
« Reply #17 on: Fri, 17 May 2019, 02:03:56 »
Have you considered also offering regular caps? I really like your font, but some might not and offering alternate caps may bring more people and spread costs.

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I feel the caps are the unique point of the design.

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Re: [IC] Vektor Sci-Fi Cyberpunk Keycaps - Update Design + Poll Results
« Reply #18 on: Fri, 17 May 2019, 08:32:06 »
I don't normally like icon modifiers, but it really works for this set.  I'm in for a TKL at least.

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Re: [IC] Vektor Sci-Fi Cyberpunk Keycaps - Update Design + Poll Results
« Reply #19 on: Fri, 17 May 2019, 09:44:10 »
I want one. It doesn't matter what color or profile gets finalized -- I'll make it work (but I love the three-color layout from the banner image). Phenomenal work, and looking forward to updates!

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Re: [IC] Vektor Sci-Fi Cyberpunk Keycaps - Update Design + Poll Results
« Reply #20 on: Fri, 17 May 2019, 11:06:47 »
Wow this looks awesome! Glad everyone seems to be into the uniform caps. R3 or DSA for me. GMK is cool too!

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Re: [IC] Vektor (formerly Cypher) minimal cyberpunk keycaps
« Reply #21 on: Fri, 17 May 2019, 11:26:45 »
Damn I wish for cherry or fully sculpted sa
I agree. I would seriously consider this if it was sculpted.


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A lot of things are yet not settled but I am pretty sure that it won't be sculped - I do love sculpted sets (I am typing this on pulse and i love it), but it would limit the possibilities of rearranging the keys ( I am using just ortho boards atm) and would make the set a lot bigger and also more complicated.

I see. I prefer the SA R3 route then.

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Re: [IC] Vektor Sci-Fi Cyberpunk Keycaps - Update Design + Poll Results
« Reply #22 on: Fri, 17 May 2019, 11:40:29 »
You should consider XDA profile for this, otherwise DSA would be my preference. Idoru colour scheme is my favourite.

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Re: [IC] Vektor (formerly Cypher) minimal cyberpunk keycaps
« Reply #23 on: Fri, 17 May 2019, 14:08:44 »
Damn I wish for cherry or fully sculpted sa
I agree. I would seriously consider this if it was sculpted.


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A lot of things are yet not settled but I am pretty sure that it won't be sculped - I do love sculpted sets (I am typing this on pulse and i love it), but it would limit the possibilities of rearranging the keys ( I am using just ortho boards atm) and would make the set a lot bigger and also more complicated.

I see. I prefer the SA R3 route then.

I also like SA the most - mainly for the sound. it just makes such a nice toc.

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Re: [IC] Vektor Sci-Fi Cyberpunk Keycaps - Update Design + Poll Results
« Reply #24 on: Fri, 17 May 2019, 14:10:47 »
You should consider XDA profile for this, otherwise DSA would be my preference. Idoru colour scheme is my favourite.

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XDA looks like its fun too, never used it yet. I do have a devlin set that has a similar profile, but its not my fav for some reasons.

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Re: [IC] Vektor Sci-Fi Cyberpunk Keycaps - New Renders - Iris/Rama65a
« Reply #25 on: Tue, 21 May 2019, 03:28:45 »
Working on this keyset gave me a good excuse to work on my 3D skills again - hope you enjoy!

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Re: [IC] Vektor Sci-Fi Cyberpunk Keycaps - New Renders - Iris/Rama65a
« Reply #26 on: Tue, 21 May 2019, 05:04:06 »
Love the Iris render. It's a popular board and I hope to see it return more often in renders.

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Re: [IC] Vektor Sci-Fi Cyberpunk Keycaps - New Renders - Iris/Rama65a
« Reply #27 on: Tue, 21 May 2019, 05:27:22 »
This is amazing!!!!! Love it


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Re: [IC] Vektor Sci-Fi Cyberpunk Keycaps - New Renders - Iris/Rama65a
« Reply #28 on: Tue, 21 May 2019, 12:30:38 »
This is the type of creativity and innovation I like to see in caps like these. Keep it up!

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Re: [IC] Vektor Sci-Fi Cyberpunk Keycaps - New Renders - Iris/Rama65a
« Reply #29 on: Tue, 21 May 2019, 15:37:27 »
Any possibility we could get colored mods?

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Re: [IC] Vektor Sci-Fi Cyberpunk Keycaps - New Renders - Iris/Rama65a
« Reply #30 on: Tue, 21 May 2019, 16:15:05 »
Any possibility we could get colored mods?

Probably not, I might make some color accents though.

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Re: [IC] Vektor Sci-Fi Cyberpunk Keycaps - New Renders - Iris/Rama65a
« Reply #31 on: Tue, 21 May 2019, 16:31:39 »
All over PBT dyesub DSA would be my preference. Any plans for an ergodox kit?

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Re: [IC] Vektor Sci-Fi Cyberpunk Keycaps - New Renders - Iris/Rama65a
« Reply #32 on: Tue, 21 May 2019, 17:34:44 »
All over PBT dyesub DSA would be my preference. Any plans for an ergodox kit?

yes, PBT dyesub is also my idea for it. ergodox is probably out of the question, too many 2u's that can't be used for anything else.

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Re: [IC] Vektor Sci-Fi Cyberpunk Keycaps - New Renders - Iris/Rama65a
« Reply #33 on: Wed, 22 May 2019, 04:45:26 »
Your 3D renders look really like XDAS profile (XDA Square).. Or probably KAM too.

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Re: [IC] Vektor Sci-Fi Cyberpunk Keycaps - New Renders - Iris/Rama65a
« Reply #34 on: Wed, 22 May 2019, 07:00:54 »
Your 3D renders look really like XDAS profile (XDA Square).. Or probably KAM too.

Yeah, something is not 100% correct from the base model - found it online so I cannot say whats the issue.

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Re: [IC] Vektor Sci-Fi Cyberpunk Keycaps - New Renders - Iris/Rama65a
« Reply #35 on: Wed, 22 May 2019, 09:11:21 »
The key model needs to be scaled down just a bit (look at the spacing between keys - there needs to be like 2mm there ?) and once that's done they are exactly like the XDAS i am typing this message on. Square-ish XDA, with an ever so slightly lower and larger top. Looking at the shift key, it's pretty much spot on. This is a very nice profile to type on (it's very thick dye sub PBT), i'd buy the Vektor set in that profile in a hearbeat.

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Re: [IC] Vektor Sci-Fi Cyberpunk Keycaps - New Renders - Iris/Rama65a
« Reply #36 on: Sat, 25 May 2019, 14:14:52 »
Beautiful set! Looking forward to watching the progress! thanks for your hard work.