voodoo6k wrote: ↑ depletedvespene wrote: ↑
Not that I want to be that
guy (er... who am I kidding here?)
the selected colourways — they look really, really good, but I hate
the misleading legends. Stuff like "DRG" instead of "GUI" or HYP/SIN/COS/TAN on the HUDE keys is bad enough already, but things like the legend √ on the (quite probably) TAB key on a numpad are excessive. The only novelty I'd consider is φ as the legend for the GUI key(s), and that's because replacing the Windows logo with anything else is pretty much a basic requirement for any keycap set.
Okay, let me explain. I always felt like DRG/mode was a staple of scientific calculators. You enter your numbers and operations, press equal, answer makes no sense... what happened? Probably you're in rad or grad mode instead of deg (or deg or grad instead of rad). It's a mode key. Also I know gamers usually avoid hitting the Windows key (while gaming), so that's a parallel you could make. DRG instead of mode because it's a 3 letter legend. It represents the theme and function and fits aesthetically. You will most likely be able to replace it with a blank, anyway.
As much as I think radiants are RAD (well, duh — I am an engineer, after all)
, I think that the DRG and RAD legends (as well as GRD and others) are inappropriate for keyboard mods
, as they are persistent
mode selectors, not temporary — they're closer to the Lock keys on the computer keyboard than to Shift, Ctrl, Alt and Gui. IMNAAHO, YMMV, of course.
if you're thinking of gamers and TLA legends, perhaps a better novelty might be a key with "FTW" on it.
voodoo6k wrote: ↑
The idea behind the trig functions is to not go over the top with custom graphics to keep the novelties low-key and manufacturerable. They don't replace anything, you put 'em where you want; I'm thinking media keys which differ from keyboard to keyboard. Log/ln are good candidates as well and they are included. Again 3 letter legends work well in 1u-1.25u.
Again: IMNAAHO, YMMV... I wouldn't use them at all, and I'd prefer to have them in a separate novelty kit that I would not
buy. It's one thing to have icons that don't really have the same meaning as the text they're replacing (think of the novelties in the GMK Carbon kit for an extreme example), but replacing text legends with other text legends that mean something entirely different strikes me as misleading and irks me (and remember I am the git who has a keyboard where all the alphanum keys have a letter X).
voodoo6k wrote: ↑
The greek letters are a no brainer (pi). The Planck
constant (h-bar) is a must for Planck users and physics students in general. Phi is included because it's a cool mathematical constant and it played a role in the design; the colour proportions are close to phi ratio.
I'd avoid π, as it's overused. The other two have a good reason for staying — as long as you remember the Planck constant (U+210e) is ℎ , while ℏ (U+210f) is Planck constant over two pi
, and it's the latter the one you're adding (the "plain" Planck constant is not suitable, as it looks like a plain lowercase oblique H letter).