If you follow low-profile, Choc switch keyboards at all, you know that keycaps have been left out of the equation for far too long. MBK keycaps have only been available as blanks so far, but now it’s time to change that.
MBK Legend‡ is the first dye sub keycap set for Choc switches. Inspired by classic keycap legend design, Legend‡ offers broad versatility for many of the low-profile switch boards available today. The typeface was chosen for its even-feeling letterform design and historical characteristics. Icons were designed to compliment the letterforms, referencing the line weight and proportions. The idea? Integrate the alphas and icon mods to create a set that will always look balanced in even the most exotic layouts or rotated thumb clusters.
The kits include three colorways: Black on White, White on Black, and Legend. For now all alphas and mods can be mixed and matched to preference and extra homing keys are included in all of our alpha kits to cover a wide variety of layouts (including Colemak, Dvorak, Workman, etc.), as well as 2 homing blanks for those rare souls that just need more. Hiragana alphas? Done.
We will be expanding compatibility in the future… more cap sizes, more MBK, more Legend‡
Myth‡ : Why Cherokee legends? A few years ago, I made a trip back to where I went to college to reconnect with old friends. One night, we were out drinking beers with our former type design professor and he talked about his latest project at the time… which involved helping to preserve the heritage of a civilization: that of the Cherokees. The great Cherokee Nation was once widespread/extensive; now there are only 10,000 people left who speak the language. There were written documents, but no complete digital, modern typeface. Only incomplete, poorly designed fonts existed and were not adequate. My professor met and worked with elders in the community, researched over 180 years worth of documents, and proceeded to fill in all of the gaps and missing glyphs. The end result: the most accurate and complete type family of the Cherokee language to date.
This story made me reflect on how easy it is to lose our history and culture, especially in our modern times where our knowledge can travel the world in a heartbeat, but can also be wiped off of a disk just as fast. Language is a tool we use to preserve the past which we often take for granted, but countless cultures have already been lost to the mists of time. Myth‡ is a humble tribute to this culture, and a reminder that our MK subculture may be as ephemeral as any.
PBT dye sublimated
GROUP BUY ACTIVE:
Jan 15th - Feb 15th
ESTIMATE FOR VENDORS TO RECEIVE KITS:
July 1st, 2021
- G-Boards (CA)
- MKUltra (US)
- LittleKeyboards (US)
- BoardSource (US)
- SplitKB (EU)
- Optic Boards (UK)
- Yushakobo (JP)
…and possibly more yet to be confirmed
$30 for alphas / $32 for mods
DESIGN BY: tectonicplate
MBK PRODUCED BY: FKcaps
MBK DESIGN BY: mburger