It’s kind of hard to believe that Meowcaps V1 put us on the map back in February of 2015 when we first started making artisans. When I look at that humble little disproportioned paw, fashioned so obviously on top of a stock cap, I can see how terribly misguided I was about profiles and, frankly, the entire medium of artisan keycaps itself. They didn’t even have full clearance on both sides, but I was so proud.
I’d like to mention that I didn’t begin making Meowcaps with the intention of ever selling them. In a world dominated by skulls and robots, I simply wanted something that was my own aesthetic. There was almost no one else around back then, and there was certainly no artisan I wanted badly enough to pore over sales threads for days on end. But I was in love with the idea of customizing my own keyboards—my primary obsession at the time. So, with a lack of options I loved, I decided to make something for myself!
Truthfully, Kudos and I could never have imagined the outpour of excitement we received when he shared photos of V1 on reddit for the first time. I can safely say we wouldn’t be here today without all the support we received in those early days—back when we were the fresh-faced, starry-eyed underdogs of the community—still intimidated by the worlds of Geekhack and Deskthority. When I look back on those days, I’m astonished that people were as encouraging as they were! But I’m also so grateful, because I know we wouldn’t still be doing this today without all the encouragement we received from the community.
As much as we couldn’t imagine selling artisan keycaps back then, we also never could have imagined that we would still be making them today! For that reason, among so many others, this collection truly means a lot to us. I know it’s been a long time since we’ve posted anything, but the month of March was a hectic one for us. Kudos has been busily working away on his own sekkret project and I've been away from home a lot lately. One of my childhood best friends is getting married in May and I'm fortunate enough to be a part of her bridal party, so lots of events to plan and to attend! Despite all that, he still managed to give me his guidance and encouragement every step of the way—even when prototyping wound up taking double the amount of time I had originally planned.
As I tried my best to make the dimensions ideal for the given medium, I realized just how difficult that was going to be while still maintaining the overall round shape of V2. I honestly hadn’t realized how much Meowcaps had changed over the years until I looked at V3 next to a V1. I scrambled to find one of my old V2s as I compared them all side by side. It wasn’t until that moment that I realized just how different each one is from the other, physically manifesting all the lessons we’ve learned along the way.
Our overall design philosophy has changed quite a bit over the years. And although neither of us is formally trained, Kudos and I have always had an appreciation for design. Logo design, in particular, is a passion of Kudos’ — given his extensive background in graffiti. Often times, we try our best to approach our own keycaps with the same criteria as conventional design. Form and function. Keeping a sculpt simple but recognizable. Minimal but with personality. We believe that V3 is in line with our motto.
We hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed making them!