Greetings Spacekeebers! 👋
It’s been awhile since my last correspondence, so naturally, I have a lot of news to share with you all! Today, I’ll be covering DSA Encore, my 2nd keyset, the Space Depot’s newest addition, & a life update. Let’s get right to it! 🔍
As some of you may already know, I received the DSA Encore prototype in early March. I was 90% satisfied with how it turned out, but requested a 2nd round of prototyping to address minor issues regarding legend alignment and color matching. ✌️ The Group Buy is still being held from May 4 – June 4, but rest assured that the set won’t go into mass production until I’ve personally signed off on the prototype. I expect to have the 2nd prototype in hand sometime in June. ☀️
The 2nd prototype for the keyset’s matching deskmat, sound.wav, arrived to me in late March, and I’ve approved it for final production phase. ✅ The 1st prototype had printed much more washed-out than I would’ve liked, so I had a 2nd prototype that was more saturated and closer to what I’d envisioned.
You can checkout a quick video of the sound.wav deskmat prototype on my Instagram. You can also see all 25 photos of the prototypes in the Space Base along with my detailed notes regarding my review. I was very transparent in my approach to showing off the prototype and how I was color match checking the keycaps. Special thanks to Pixljar for his guidance during the process, as well as Maxxellion for his hawk eye for Hangul sublegends. 💚 If you’re interested in sneak peeks of a creative collaborations for DSA Encore, you can find some cool concepts & prototypes in there too!
Introducing my 2nd keyset design, PBT Hanamatsuri! This soft, gradient set is inspired by the spring flower festivals of Japan and is deliberately Cherry-profile for two reasons: the classic sculpt mimics the traditional manner of the celebrations, and the name lends itself to one of the most popular flowers of the season, Cherry Blossoms. 🎐 While my efforts aren’t 100% allocated to this yet (DSA Encore is still my priority), I’ve found some time to settle upon 2 deskmat designs to complement the keyset. Their names are still up in the spring air though! I look forward to figuring out how to properly design kitting for 40s and ortholinears for this…
As per tradition for Small Business Saturdays, I just finished updating the Space Depot with new products! I’m SO excited to finally offer some washi tapes of my own after having been a big-time user of them for years. AstroBunny Holo stickers have been restocked and are slightly bigger than V1, having gone from 2″x2″ to 3″x3″! A few other stickers have also been restocked and I’ve added a few bundle options. The Baby Stars Memopad recently landed in the Space Depot too.
To celebrate my recent whirlwind of W’s, 1 lucky order will find a lovely set of artisan arrow keycaps included in their package! ✨ I stocked up on more awesome packaging material, so you can expect some extra happy care packages shipping from the Space Depot.
Earlier, I mentioned a “whirlwind of W’s”, and while that mostly refers to artisan keycap raffles, it also includes a HUGE life win as I was recently offered a job at my dream company! 🎉 THEY HAVE THEIR OWN MECH KEEB CLUB TOO!!! 😀
While I’m extremely happy about this, it’s definitely a more demanding position than my current one. Naturally, I’ll have less time to dedicate towards AstroBunny Studios so there will be less frequent updates from me moving forward. To celebrate the BIG W though, I plan to hold a giveaway next week when I start my new job. Details about that will be announced then, but you can expect something for the mech keeb crowd as well as the stationary crowd. 👀
While too small of an update to have its own category, I thought it was still worth addressing my progress regarding my artisan keycaps as many of you have asked me about how that’s going. I’m happy to report that I recently casted new molds, and I’ve FINALLY figured out how to cast my resin correctly! There have been quite a few messy, ugly ducklings casted as a result of my testing, and while they’ll never be posted publicly (I’m embarrassed of them 😅), I’m quite proud of how far I’ve come for this creative avenue! 🤗
That’s all the updates I have for now. Thank you SO much for reading this far and for your awesome support, I truly appreciate it! Have an absolutely fantastic weekend 🙂