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Starius
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Mar 28, 2018
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Wow, hell of a dive right into custom keycap design! Very cool concept, and great source material. I'm liking the color scheme.
The only one thing I would suggest, and this is just my own personal taste, is a little more contrast with the alpha key lettering. But you may be intentionally going for the more minimalist look across those keys as well.
Thumbs up from me though!
On a somewhat related note, I'm glad you mentioned WASD's templates as I've been looking for templates myself, to dabble with some ideas. Anyone else know of other keyboard templates? Please share if you do.
Mar 28, 2018
phosfiend
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Mar 29, 2018
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cheers! Yeah I wanted to riff on those designs without being straight copies.
As for contrast I think you might be right. Some of the graphical elements are quite strong geometrically so I did try to tone them down a bit via lower contrast, but I have a hunch they might need to be punched up a bit.
Excuse the ignorance but what does ‘alpha’ Mean in this context?
Mar 29, 2018
Starius
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Mar 29, 2018
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Alpha, referring to the text keys.... as in "alphanumeric" which would be both text and number keys. (Basically, almost everything else aside from the function and modifier keys.). I like how your number key row looks more akin to the function or modifiers than it does the alpha keys though. That's not as common, so it comes off a bit fresh (in my opinion) even while still being a "retro" inspired design. If you know what I mean.
Mar 29, 2018
phosfiend
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Mar 29, 2018
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Cool, learned something👍
Mar 29, 2018
BlueCrowned
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Mar 29, 2018
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I would just make the background color for the alphas a slightly darker shade of grey I think. You will probably have to dye sub or transfer these designs. I would suggest reaching out to Pheilcia, I think the process they use would be a good fit. They do keycap sets like the galaxy sets, dan ink, cherry blossom and etc.
Mar 29, 2018
phosfiend
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Mar 30, 2018
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I updated the design with a bit more contrast, cheers!
Mar 30, 2018
phosfiend
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Mar 30, 2018
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Cool, as per your suggestion I updated the contrast on the alphas (and some of the other highlights & lowlights in general)
Mar 30, 2018
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