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After-school 1992: Keyboard Action Playset for Adults

After-school 1992: Keyboard Action Playset for Adults



Techno-nostalgia from the 90s Future

In the 1990s, the personal computer and internet as we know them today were born. It was a time of enormous optimism for the future, and a belief that computing (along with increasing global connectivity) was an almost magical phenomenon that would inevitably re-make the world for the better. 

The After-school 1992 keycap set celebrates the optimism and the fanciful aesthetics of that period, gesturing toward Memphis design and the Vaporwave color palette. The sculpted DSS profile and Gorton legends of this double-shot keycap set further evoke vintage computing.

I hope this set will help cast other keyboard enthusiasts back as it does for me: to a period of youthful ebullience in design and hope for the future of technology.

This in-stock offering will ship within 1-2 weeks of your order. (Our small workshop in Los Angeles inspects, builds, and packs everything to order, and we optimize for deliberation and quality, not shipping speed.)

Set contents

USA-made custom keycaps The swappable keycaps that form the core of this set are an aftermarket upgrade for Cherry MX-compatible keyboards (including the Novatouch and Realforce RGB TKL). The caps are molded in ABS resin, individually hand-finished, and inspected in Washington State, USA. The large number and combinations of resin colors make this a very expensive set to produce, but as the photos show the effect is a singular one, and in my view entirely worth it.

Hand-made gift box The completed keycap sets will each ship in a custom shrink-wrapped, EVA-lined luxury gift box, made by hand right here in California. These boxes make for beautiful, two-tiered long-term storage of your set when not in use.

Hand-signed product credential folio Each set will ship with an individually numbered product credential folio, signed by the designer (me!), printed, foil stamped, and bound right here in California to simulate the feel and appearance of a vintage passport.

Note: The set has changed slightly from the first round. Rather than offering multiple kits, I've combined everything into one single kit with keys to support a fairly wide range of layout options. ISO keys are no longer included, but F and J keys with homing bumps are included in addition to the retro scooped style. The novelty items from the last batch have been replaced by the credential folios mentioned above.

the Heavy-6

Et alia

The keyboard shown in the photos is a VHS-finish Norbaforce Mark II, which is sold separately. Note that you need to already have a Cherry MX-compatible keyboard to use these keycaps. :) This product is not for children.

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