Pushing The Envelope

“You’re only as good as your last release”. Those words echoed in my mind while I sat at my workbench. During the weeks following the completion of SnacKeys, I must have sculpted more than a dozen prototypes. Every perceived magnum opus was promptly scrapped for a new idea. Koala-T commented about how hyper-critical I was of my own work. The rush of momentum from SnacKeys ebbed with each passing day. Was I just trying to recreate the perfect storm?

Up until this point, KeyKollectiv was a small blip on the artisan radar. It had only been half a year since we finished up Meowcaps. The artisan scene, from my point of view, was experiencing a second coming. New makers cropped up every few weeks showcasing their work. Some would move on to do great things. Others faded into the landscape.

If we were ever to stand next to the artisans in the major league, KeyKollectiv would need to make something that separated us from the rest. Since the start, my major focus was on technique and execution. Typography, architecture, drafting — those were disciplines that I felt a strong affinity to. Fine art — not so much. It was no surprise that I had not released a sculpted keycap yet.

Artisan keycaps are, by nature, meant to be ornamental. It is “flair” or “pop” that makes our personal keyboards stand out in the vastness of stock keyboards. Form often trumps function in this craft. It is the goal of the designer to merge form and function. KeyKollectiv has always been of the mindset that artisan keycaps should, not only look great, but doesn’t render the key useless. Tall sculpts or keycaps that leave little clearance for adjacent keys left much to be desired. It was with this concept, that we approached our next project.

The goal was to create a keycap that featured technical proficiency. Not only did we want the overall profile to be functional but we wanted a keycap that would showcase both members of the KeyKollectiv duo. The end result would be a blob named “Furt”.