Development of the Tolkien sets is proceeding at a steady pace. The colors are pretty much final and the manufacturer has already produced a few test keycaps. This is just a quick update before the Holidays.
A few changes since last time.
The alpha background will be lighter so we can have secondary/tertiary legends in a different color. I believe the end result is much better. The elvish set will be available in both dual language and Tengwar only; dwarvish I’m afraid will be only dual legend, but with the added secondary color I believe it’s totally okay.
The accent color (ESC, Spacebar, arrow cluster) will be optional, you’ll be able to use the standard modifier color for those keys (and alpha color for spacebar).
The Elvish set will probably have 2 accent colors (yellow and rose pink). The Ring inscription on the spacebar will be optional.
Regrettably we won’t have any Sauron set, we simply don’t have enough material to build a keyboard in Black Speech.
I’m also working on the iconography. A very huge limitation that I have is that I can’t use anything that comes from the movies. Everything must be designed from scratch and it’s not easy to forget all the wonderful imagery Weta created for Peter Jackson’s films.
The icons should be of course compatible with the Elvish/Dwarvish legends that we are using; I made a few tests and I would like the icons to be like drawn by Tolkien himself, like they were notes and “scribbles” at the side of a map.
It’s just a draft I’m working on, more work is needed but they should set the overall mood.
Another thing I wanted to work on is The One Ring inscription. If you google it you’ll find the same image we all know. I always found it… wrong… I think it’s something that was done by someone one time and since it’s good enough nobody bothered doing it “right”.
The image is based on Tolkien’s ring inscription. It is written in cursive Black Speech and once wrapped around a circle doesn’t work very well.
So the following is what I came up with. On the left the original as we all know it, on the right the one I made.
I know, the difference is minimal and the original is maybe more “aggressive”, but I find the one on the right to be better overall calibrated.
If you are interested you can freely download and use my file (SVG).
We are also working on some artisan/novelty keys. I’m not sure yet what we are going to do but the Arkenstone –if done right– would be really nice.
That’s all for today. Happy Holidays and have a great new year, 2020 has set such a low bar that it can only go better!
This looks amazing and I’m so excited for this! Do you have any rough estimates on timelines yet?
it should run pretty soon actually. We already have color samples, I should get them in a few days.
Oh my, these indeed look amazing!!! Would it make sense to make the alphas green in the elvish set? Or is that too much green and it is better used for the subs?
I’ll experiment with legends color, but generally I prefer to use black as it’s the only color they don’t fuckup :D
PLEASE make this happen. I am 100% onboard and will be buying at least one of these sets and probably another as a gift. Great work :) Please keep us posted on your progress and ETAs so we can get hyped for the drop.
IT IS HAPPENING! :D
is there anywhere other than your blog posts to follow this and keep up to date?
Man, this looks amazing. The only thing I don’t really like is that the dwarvish set is not gonna be offered in single-legend mode… those runes would look awesome all chunky and bold at the center of each key…
If we don’t end up with 1 million kits, I may add the mono-legend dwarf option
Do you know if this is going to be in ABS or PBT? Fingers crossed for it to be ABS
“. . . this is going to be MT3 profile in PBT material with dye-sublimated legends.”
From the previous blog post. I’m happy for PBT, why do you prefer ABS?
ABS tends to be smoother and shinier (even if not originally, it will be over time), and some people like that.
that mostly depends on the mold texture, not on the material (ie: you can have very smooth PBT or rough ABS)
PBT, no way we can do custom new legends in double-shot
PBT getting some more love! Really achin’ for that Elvish set on my travelers.
Matt3o, one of the things I really appreciate about your kitting is that you include optional blanks. Bleached with dev/tty, a blanks set AND a blank ergo set with Susuwatari, and blanks with accent colors with 3277 for standard AND ergo-something layouts. Is there any way we could get blanks in some form with this release?
Blanks are so useful because it allows those of us with weird layouts a lot more flexibility.
yeah of course!
Finally. They look amazing!!
These look so amazing, I’m very excited. I hope it will be available as ortho sets too.
Would love to see some lilac/lavender accents!
Please make a Topre SA keycap
Oh man! Stoked it’s coming along. I’m so happy that you are trying for the Arkenstone novelty!!!
The sets are looking good. I’m happy that you’re able to do an elvish mono, but I’m still really really hoping for a Dwarvish mono.
HYPE! looks amazing matt3o
also +1 for mono dwarven but I’ll defo get the set either way! nice work
They sure are amazing! Wondering if there is a plan for more retro stuff? Like symbolics or sega?
Any info on ISO variants? Very hyped on that set, probably not gonna miss it!
yes, ISO is supported
So just wanna say first, I love that the modifiers are translations. That being said…..
CAN WE GET AN EXTRA ENTER KEY THAT SAYS MELLON? (friend)
This is an auto buy for me anyways, but I’d love that little easter egg in there if you could. Thanks :)
This looks amazing. I’m going to save my cash for this GB for sure.
Can you make sure that the pipe key has the mod-color option? I hate the asymmetry of an alpha-colored pipe.
Will there be any matching desk mats? :-D
yes, I would love to! Let’s see what we can do
how do you purchase this?
not yet :D
I need them in my life, will you eventually ship world wide?
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