An original Alien inspired keycap set - (enthusiastic newb)
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UPDATE: I am going to make these, but I need help figuring out how! More details at the bottom.
Hey! I've only just stumbled onto the world of mechanical keyboards after seeing them pop up in a lot of my other hobby networks, and it gave me an idea. I'm a game & graphic designer with a love of good world & production design. I've always loved the graphic and production design by Ron Cobb for Alien (1978) and decided to do a layout inspired by his Semiotic Standard design. Yes, there are very littoral extrapolations of his work (re: copies) but I wanted to develop something unique but likely from the same universe (with a pinch of 1982's Blade Runner in there too).
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I laid these out with WASD's templates, but am curious what other companies/services could produce these keycaps? (could Massdrop if there was interest?) I'm a very experienced graphic designer (for print, web & interactive) but this is my first foray into keyboards, so any advice is greatly appreciated! I also really like the look of the 75% layouts & the newly announced 96 key Kira boards & think these graphics would be a great fit for those as well.
So, I need help making these! I am going to do a first test set at WASD, but beyond that turnkey approach I have no idea how to have a set produced to cover more options. Some questions I need help with:
  • Which companies should I contact to have these produced?
  • How/where do I organize a group buy?
  • What key profile pleases the most people?
  • What alternate & extra keys should be included as a minimum?
  • Are there any good templates out there for other keycap styles?
  • Is there anything else I should know?
Thanks!
Richard Flanagan
www.richardeflanagan.com
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phosfiend
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May 21, 2020
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So, since posting these, work & life has been way to hectic to get these made anywhere other than WASD. But that said, it seems like a quite a few sets of the WASD produced caps are out in the wild (somewhere between 10-20 I think). Post pics if you have some please! Here's a shot from 'Bellyfluous' on IMGUR

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May 21, 2020
Apone
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Feb 16, 2020
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Still wanting these in 2020......
Feb 16, 2020
Apittman
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Mar 7, 2019
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I didnt know i needed these until just now. Eagerly watching.
Mar 7, 2019
wsjones1981
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Mar 3, 2019
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Nice set & hope you can provide an alternate kit for staggered 40s and non standards.
Mar 3, 2019
Young-Dai
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Mar 3, 2019
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AH! I orderd 61key.^^
Mar 3, 2019
Young-Dai
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Mar 3, 2019
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It is really calm and unique design. I really want to have these keycaps. I wonder when it will be a drop.
Mar 3, 2019
SkizzyLizzy
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Mar 2, 2019
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Hey! Wondering if you ended up making these or if they're still in the works. Love the design!
Mar 2, 2019
BEWBEEDOO
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Feb 19, 2019
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That looks great! A lot of the really popular keycap sets such as SA Carbon, you can look those up here on Massdrop and see what they have for kits outside the main alphas and modifiers, and see their sale numbers. Might help you get an idea of what kits might be worth your time making.
Feb 19, 2019
tealeaf_green
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May 27, 2018
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I'd love to know if these are still on their way! I've got a Planck on order that is in dire existential need of this design. :)
May 27, 2018
Johnny831
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May 23, 2018
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These look great! Can I ask what program you design them in? I've looked into max keyboard producing custom caps, but you need to have a certain file format... I'd like to see these turn out...
http://www.maxkeyboard.com/products/cherry-mx-keycap/custom-color-printed-keycap/
May 23, 2018
phosfiend
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May 23, 2018
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Illustrator, good luck!
May 23, 2018
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