Godspeed PBT MT3 – 4th Round of Updates and Cyrillic legends!

andro_kadet_cFor today’s update – introducing the new Kadet! This nice kit with Russian Cyrillic alphabet was designed matching the typeface of the modifiers – hence it is visually compatible with both the Micons and Mods! I also added the Symmetry kit and fully revealed the Space Race and the Mitonauts kits! Below you can see some Kadet renders too, hope you enjoy them.


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There are tons of new renders on the project page as well!

The full update dispatch:

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All support is appreciated and the community’s enthusiasm has been overwhelmingly positive. I can’t thank you enough for all the messages. Don’t forget to vote in the link above!

Let me know what you think about the kits and what tweaks you’d like to see. 

Godspeed,

Mission Control 🚀

Godspeed PBT MT3 – 3rd Round of Updates and JAXA Program!

This week we are introducing the Japanese legends! This kit was introduced in Laser GMK and became a community favorite. More renders can be seen here (just scroll down to the Kobe section).

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Everyday I’ve been collecting feedback provided on all platforms and until liftoff I will make weekly updates on Massdrop, this journal and my Instagram. This way everyone can keep up with the changes and request tweaks. Spread the word!

Without further ado, here’s the result of the 3rd round of tweaks and requests.

0 - dispatch 3The project is scheduled to go live in a couple weeks, if you’re interested be ready to partake in this new version of the Godspeed project! Make sure to vote for it in the link below. And of course, stay tuned for next week updates!

All support is appreciated and the community’s enthusiasm has been overwhelmingly positive. I can’t thank you enough for all the messages.

Let me know what you think about the kits and what tweaks you’d like to see. 

Godspeed,

Mission Control 🚀

Godspeed PBT MT3 – 2nd Round of Updates and Space Runes!

This week we are introducing the Space Runes! This nordic/viking runes kit was introduced in Canvas XDA and became a community favorite. More renders can be seen here (just scroll down to the Rams section).

Everyday I’ve been collecting feedback provided on all platforms and until liftoff I will make weekly updates on Massdrop, this journal and my Instagram. This way everyone can keep up with the changes and request tweaks. Spread the word!

Without further ado, here’s the result of the 2nd round of tweaks and requests.

Takeaways:

  • Added the Rams kit;
  • 40% keyboards such as Vortex Core and others are covered with Alphas + Mods;
  • Added 1u R2 pipe keycap to the Ortho kits for XD75 and Atomic users;
  • Added 1.75u spacebar to the 1.75/2.25/2.75 Spacebars kit;
  • Added Micons support to the Numpads;
  • Added numpad Micon accents to the Micons Accents kit.

The project is scheduled to go live in a couple weeks, so if you’re interested be ready to partake in this new version of the Godspeed project! Make sure to vote for it in the link below. And of course, stay tuned for next week updates!

All support is appreciated and the community’s enthusiasm has been overwhelmingly positive. I can’t thank you enough for all the messages.

Let me know what you think about the kits and what tweaks you’d like to see. 

Godspeed,

Mission Control 🚀

Godspeed PBT MT3 – 1st Round of Updates

As a follow up to the announcement of Godspeed PBT MT3 project last Friday, I gathered and filtered hundreds of messages of feedback from the community, in order to deliver the best kits.

Everyday I will collect and compile feedback provided on all platforms and until liftoff I will make weekly updates on Massdrop, this journal and my Instagram. This way everyone can keep up with the changes and request tweaks. Spread the word!

The updates will be posted together with a reveal of the surprise exclusive kits you can see marked as [TOP SECRET] in the project page. They will be revealed week by week and will be available during the official group buy.

Without further ado, here’s the result of the 1st round of tweaks and requests.

Takeaways:

  • The MiniLa is fully covered;
  • You’ll most likely only need Alphas + Mods or Alphas + Ortho or Alphas + Ergo regardless of your keyboard;
  • The Micons are compatible with Ortho keyboards as long as you abstract the legends.

The project is scheduled to go live in a couple weeks, so if you’re interested be ready to partake in this new version of the Godspeed project! Make sure to vote for it in the link below.

All support is appreciated and the community’s enthusiasm has been overwhelmingly positive. I can’t thank you enough for all the messages.

Let me know what you think about the kits and what tweaks you’d like to see. 

Godspeed,

Mission Control 🚀

MiTo’s Updates #8

Godspeed XDA

Ares scheme preview, shipping now & nitpick replacements

In my latest update I featured the first pictures of the Godspeed XDA keycap set, a group buy that happened by the end of 2017. However, the update didn’t showcase the Ares color scheme because I haven’t been able to capture it on camera until very recently.

This orange color is very hard to capture on camera and it looks very beautiful and adequate to the space theme in real life. If I could describe the color with words I’d say that it looks like an earthy/iron orange, like the landscapes from Mars. It is not a vibrant, saturated and bright orange nor a brick red tone. After 8 sampling attempts I finally achieved the unique burnt aspect and tone I was looking for.

I couldn’t perfectly capture or adjust the color despite trying various photography settings. The pictures were shot under natural lighting conditions, during a cloudy day, with a phone camera.

Without further ado, make sure to check the pictures below – you’ll be able to see a “simulation” of the color scheme on a mini keyboard, combining theoretical Ares Modifiers with Solar Alphas, plus a Supernova ENTER keycap, represented by the £3 keycap.

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ORANGES

eight sampling steps, orange #9 (final) isn’t pictured here (see slideshow above)

The keycap set kits started shipping last week but a few customers will experience very minor issues with two icons and a some Nordic glyphs. The designs were already fixed, replacements are being manufactured and corrected keycaps will be sent to all participants for free.

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the ALT icon came slightly thicker than the rest of the icons

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the circular element must be centered, not the whole graphic

NORDE THIN

the symbols (and these only) circled in red came slightly thinner than they should be

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Ö, Ü and Ä are slightly misaligned as the actual letter must be centered, not the accent

Legacy DSA

Rush color scheme delayed, adjusted samples incoming

In his latest drop updateYanbo Wu alerted all participants that the initial purple and pink color samples featured in the Rush color scheme aren’t up to my standards, hence it’s delayed. The first two sampling batches were negative but several others are already taking place. Below you’ll be able to see some of the rejected samples.

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Given this occasion I’d like to apologize to the community for this delay and reassure that I will keep working hard in order to deliver exactly what you’re hoping for. We are communicating and working closely in order to sync all parts involved so we can achieve the quality envisioned.
When you participate in drops where I’m involved there’s a high degree of trust, about my judgement regarding colors, legends, finish and overall quality of the keycap sets. These standards haven’t changed and never will, as new drops are being offered, new lessons are being learned. As I pursue new designing routes and more exciting techniques, new challenges will come. The patience and support from the community mean a lot and it really pushes me forward.
It’s very disappointing to delay the anticipation for brand new keycaps and I apologize for that. But rest assured – delivery has been delayed because I think you deserve (much) better colors then the samples above and I’m working on that.
I hope you understand, new samples will be coming my way soon and I will make sure to communicate updates both here and in the drop discussion too.
Thank you very much for the enthusiasm and support, we will speak again soon!
Keeb on,
M

MiTo’s Updates #7

Godspeed XDA

By the end of 2016 the Godspeed SA keycap set pre-orders took place and the project was a huge success. The cream and blue acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) spherical keycaps look and feel oddly modern, like a retro space terminal from NASA’s Apollo Program facilities.

The opinion on spherical (SA) keycaps vastly differ in the mechanical keyboard communities. A considerable portion of members dislike typing on contoured keycaps, which resemble vintage typewriters and industrial terminals from the past. In order to offer the keycap set in identical design, but different contour, I put together the Cockpit – featuring a 2.2.3.3.3.3 sculpt kit.

However, while debuting the XDA profile with Canvas I noticed there was potential for another iteration of Godspeed not to mimic it’s colors in another profile, but to offer something new. This time, I aimed to deliver equally nice looking keycaps not only shorter in height, but in polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) material. Me and Massdrop prototyped and sampled the keycap set in order to verify if it was possible to deliver the vision. We were pleased with the result and after a successful interest gauge phase we opened for pre-orders!

Several rounds of prototypes and color batches took place, legends and typeface were adjusted and repositioned a couple times. To put in perspective, over 30 rounds of color sampling and refining took place. That was crucial, so we could deliver this exclusive product in it’s highest possible quality for our community.

With the approach of the established delivery date, I’d like to officially announce that production is on track and no delays are expected. To ease the longtime wait, I put together some pictures displaying crucial features of the keycap set in a beautiful Vortexgear Core 40% keyboard.

Enjoy the sneak peek below – you’ll be able to find pictures of several novelties, modifiers, alphas, layouts and the iconography too. Color correction didn’t take place whatsoever and the photos were shot nearby a window on a cloudy day, with a smartphone camera. You’ll be able to see the Solar, Supernova and Apollo colorways in action. As for the Ares colorway, I didn’t have a chance to picture it yet but once I have the chance I’m going to release a sneak peek too.

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I’d like to thank the entire mechanical keyboard community for the support and enthusiasm regarding the keycap set projects I push forward. It is an immense honor and pleasure for me to engage with thousands of people and dive deep in this hobby. I really appreciate the support and hope everyone receive their kits soon!

Great things are coming next, don’t forget to subscribe to my official newsletter so you won’t miss releases, launches and bomb news.

And while you’re here, did you visit the Laser Shoppo today?

New things are coming every week or so and another ultra rad Laser GMK collab is incoming!

Keeb on,

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Agent 88 vs Turbo – The first of many Laser GMK Artisan Keycaps

At the beginning of this month my friend Suited Up Keycaps offered a limited run for the Hands on Deck – The Laser GMK Short Story hero artisan keycap. He gave shape to the main character of the story – Hayley “Agent 88” Han throughout this year and we had lots of fun prototyping and creating her.

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The number of keycaps offered had to be limited, so he could deliver to our community without negatively impacting his routine and personal life. We also wanted to offer his popular artisan keycap sculpts officially color matching the keycap set, so this ended up adding another layer of difficulty to the number of keycaps available. Truly beautiful work, it was an incredible honor for me to work with such a talented and positive person.

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We went through several iterations, polishing the design over and over again, revising the illustrations so we could arrive on the perfect sculpt.

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But every hero needs a villain.

So earlier this year I contacted Hot Keys Project, a long time friend that I met during my journey in the mechanical keyboard’s world. We’ve been trying to create something together for a while and we finally had our chance once I conceived the Laser GMK keycap set.

Our plan was to create artisans especially crafted to be combined with the keycap set.  Hot Keys Project has extensive experience in modeling interesting characters. You can check some of his work in the catalogue. Hot Keys Project is also well know for extremely high quality blank keycaps, on a variety of colors, shades and tones. Not only for the Cherry MX mount but also Topre. His keycaps are polished, sharp and smooth looking, not only to the eyes but also to the touch.

In order to explore Hot Keys Project best techniques and creativity we created two distinct line of products – neon blanks and an exclusive all new character design. Hot Keys Project and I studied the cyberpunk and retrowave references, aiming to give form to an evil entity  pursuing good lines, colors and a style to truly represent the villain from Hands on Deck – The Laser GMK Short Story.

He’s called Turbo.

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In order to represent the buildings, alleys and streets from Rio, in the year 2088, Hot Keys Project  also went ahead and color matched his line of blank artisan keycaps following the Laser GMK keycap set.

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The Hot Keys Project x MiTo Artisan keycaps can be purchased for a limited time in the links below, make sure to check them out!

Working with my dear friends Suited Up Keycaps & Hot Keys Project was an amazing experience and I’m very thankful for these guys for trusting my vision and spending their precious time, resources and efforts teaming up with me. There are several (and I really mean several) other keycap set creators contributing with their talents to the Laser GMK artisans movement, more exciting sculpts and ideas are coming soon. Please keep an eye to this journal and the Laser Shoppo for the upcoming commissions!

Keeb on,

M