A 3D Artist Designed His Perfect Workflow Keyboard
3D artist and motion designer Ben Fryc’s workflow requires a considerable amount of time toiling behind a keyboard and mouse. And as any digital creative knows, time means money. Any toolset that can shave minutes or even seconds can mean the difference between meeting a deadline or coming up short of the finish line. Fryc’s workflow, alongside his skills as a 3D artist, helped him conjure his own keyboard he’s working to bring to fruition: The Knob / k•no•b•1.
The k•no•b•1 has the markings of a slightly bulkier Apple Magic Keyboard with a few colorful embellishments. Any tradeoff in size is intentional, noting mechanical keyboard enthusiasts gravitate toward the category of specialty keyboards for their audible and tactile characteristics.
Designed as a low-profile mechanical keyboard, The Knob / k•no•b•1 is built around 78 custom designed keycaps and Gateron low-profile mechanical switches (clicky-loud). While not as flat as an Apple Magic Keyboard, the low profile key design paired with the k•no•b•1’s aluminum unibody enclosure design results in a profile somewhat reminiscent of Apple’s equally beloved and maligned peripheral.
Are you fan of Apple’s MacBook Touch Bar? Fryc’s k•no•b•1 keyboard cribs a small portion of that same information display feature in the form of a 100×310 pixel customizable LCD screen. Don’t expect to play even a game of Tetris on a screen so small, but it should work well as a volume or brightness slider, notification display, or simply as a clock.
Right above the mini LCD display are a pair of customizable rotary encoder knobs imagined to handle all varieties of tasks, including controlling volume, brightness, or any other input requiring incremental precision.
Fryc’s design is also more angled for improved comfort while typing, added by way of two snap-on feet underneath the keyboard.
You can check out the development of the k•no•b•1 keyboard by following Ben Fryc via his Instagram and over at the Knob website where the designer says he hopes to post updates as he takes the keyboard from concept to a real world product.