JD40 by jdcarpe • Less is more. Come on, you're looking at the space-saving / compact keyboard award, aren't you! Many people think 60% is too daring, but not Jdcarpe, who stripped off the number row and trimmed the mods to make an elegant, minuscule and downright mouthwatering 40% keyboard: the JD40. And if you want one, there's a kit with profits going to an excellent cause.
NovaTouch TKL • Cooler Master teamed up with Topre this year to create the ultimate crossover keyboard: the appropriately named NovaTouch. Topre switches meet Cherry MX compatible stems. Finally, the good feeling of oneness with cup rubber under all those caps from your group buys!
TEX Yoda • Besides for [wiki]buckling spring[/wiki], IBM is well remembered for the [wiki]TrackPoint[/wiki]. Keyboard newcomers, TEX, known for the Beetle, came back with a TrackPoint style integrated pointer keyboard this year: the Yoda. Using a front row of extra thumb keys for the mouse buttons, they made a memorable and very useful 60%. Even more space saved without a mouse!
The infinity keyboard by Massdrop • How about a 60% built with Matias switches? Or MX? How about not needing to choose! MassDrop's Infinity keyboard is a smart platform designed with both in mind. And its case brings a new level of minimalism to the littlest of boards.
XTant Model F TKL by Wcass • A project lasting two years came to completion when Wcass unveiled his finished creation: The XTant. The heart and soul of an IBM XT, with its prized capsense buckling spring switches and its military grade strength; the XTant converts this classic into a much friendlier, contemporary layout. XTs the world over are trembling at the prospect of their heavy duty makeover.
And the Wingnut for Best space-saving or compact keyboard 2014, as voted for by the members of deskthority, goes to...