- Legend printing
- Signature Plastics
- Color codes
Granite was the first full PBT set (including the spacebars) in DSA family with sublimated legends produced by Signature Plastics.
The name comes from the SGI Granite colors. To give an idea of the final result during the design phase the two-tones gray option was called “granite”. The other two (not produced) options were “Model M Beige” and “Dolch Charcoal”.
The set was sold in the newly available group buy service at PimpMyKeyboard; approximately 370 base kits were produced.
The group buy was organized by Matt3o and great attention was put in the design of the legends. The typeface is Gotham Rounded and both text and icon modifiers are available. The set also includes a “Nerdom” kit with plenty of novelty keys, Cyrillic and support for DE, IT, FR, NO, SW, FI, DK, ES, UK languages.
For undisclosed reasons Signature Plastics had issues dealing with the blue legends (in the International kits) and it was unclear if they could actually print them. At the end they sorted them out and in June 2014 the first orders were dispatched.
Unfortunately some sets were affected by production errors. One of the 1u molds was badly registered and resulted in off-centered stems. Signature Plastics offered refunds or replaced the erratic caps at no additional cost.
At the end of 2014 a second round of Granite was sold on MassDrop. The set was incredibly successful and sold more than 1000 sets causing some delay in production.
Round 2 differs to round 1 in very few details. A new set of novelty keys were produced and the international kits were printed red instead of blue. The Cyrillic kit was not reprinted.
Unfortunately round 2 was also affected by many productions errors and replacements were slow to arrive. Signature Plastics blames MassDrop for the delay, MassDrop blames Signature Plastics. Anyway at the beginning of 2015 all orders were sent and it took approximately another month for the replacements.
At the same time of Round 2 Matt3o ran a mini group buy on PimpMyKeyboard for a Granite Bonus Pack which included a bunch of additional keys in sizes never printed before. Approximately 400 Bonus packs were sold.