Today I made available spots in my one-time run of the Palm Desert 1968 keyset. I’m almost out of my custom keyset gift boxes (handmade here in California), so this design is limited to 150 sets.
This design—a collaboration with my friend @Sour in Lebanon—is designed to embody the spirit of midcentury optimism in the Arabic-speaking world. It features two sleek modernist fonts rarely seen in keyboards: Futura (for the Latin characters) and Neue Helvetica (for the Arabic sublegends). It also uses an unusual earth-toned color palette reminiscent of the natural environmental colors seen in the deserts of the Middle East and North Africa.
Arabic sub-legend sets are extremely rare among enthusiast keycaps, and I’m delighted to be helping to redress that balance a bit with this project.
We’re working with Signature Plastics on this project, because I think they do the best dye keycap sublimation work in the word, and this set is all about a faithful representation of these beautiful letterforms. I believe that rounded rectangles of the DSA profile further understores the modernist aesthetic (and I always have a soft spot for the feel and sound of PBT).
I’m also producing a I have also created a custom desk mat that features the wistful vintage midcentury-style illustration that we created for the set. It is sold separately, currently in stock and available for shipment.
Unlike a lot of keyboard desk mats on the market, which tend towards neoprene, ours use as their upper surface a textile with a soft nap similar in feel to the Alcantara suede used on the highest-end luxury automobiles. I can’t get over how great it feels.