1.29.2021

REBRAND TO OMNITYPE

If you have not heard, we are rebranding to a new name and identity. We will be shutting down the store for a couple of weeks at the start of the new year to make changes to our website and brand. We are very excited to show you what we have been creating for most of this year.

UPDATE *

We are very close to launch! GMK Tuzi is going live on Monday, Feb 1st! We may open late Sunday evening just to let everyone get acquainted with some of the new features and tackle any problems that could arise before the set goes live.

We will have an extensive post about all the changes and what they mean on the new Press Release blog, but for now, we will summarize the changes until that blog is unlocked.

CHANGES TO UPDATES

This will be the last update on this domain. Everything will be moving to https://omnitype.com/blogs/updates (which is locked at the moment).

Our update posts are going to be split up into three new categories instead of everything being on the weekly updates.

Press Release - This will be a place where we post about larger news related to the business overall or any announcement we feel is of enough importance to need its own post. Examples are the rebrand announcement, the list of changes that we are summarizing here, large new product announcements, and any other overall news you need to know about Omnitype moving forward. https://omnitype.com/blogs/press-release

Products - The Products category will have a different post for each product drop we do, with all information and history related to that project, all compiled together. These will be organized by the phase the projects are in, so you can easily go see any information you need to know about a project all in one place, instead of going through each weekly update to see when things happened. These will be linked on the weekly updates and on the product pages of all future drops for you to easily access. https://omnitype.com/blogs/products

Updates - These will be weekly updates about new information related to our products, similar to what you’re used to. This will be a place to easily see all the projects’ most recent information in one post.

SUMMARY OF CHANGES

  • A new rewards system (don’t worry - you won’t lose your points)
  • A new Customer Service platform
  • A new Help Desk platform
  • Landing pages on the product page instead of a separate page
  • Referral earnings

SUMMARY OF ADDITIONS

  • Wishlists
  • Reviews
  • Press Release blog
  • Individual Product Update posts
  • Ability to subscribe to the deskpad calendar
  • Shoppable Instagram feed on the website (includes customer photos)

SUMMARY OF THINGS GOING AWAY

  • Mobile App
  • All free shipping coupons, percentage-off coupons, and free product reward options
  • Logos on deskpad designs

SUMMARY OF FUTURE FEATURES

There were many features we planned on having ready for the rebrand launch that we just didn’t have time to complete. These will be coming in the near future.

  • Visual and UI improvements to the website
  • Improved product page experience
  • Overhauled account page
  • Redesigned account wishlist and reviews panel
  • Better order organization for customers
  • New affiliate landing pages
  • Continuous growth of the Help Desk articles
  • Checkout on Instagram

UPCOMING PROJECTS

GMK TUZI

GROUPBUY OPENS FEB 1ST

We are very excited to launch our brand with a terrific set by Jia. Check out the interest check below to learn more!

BAUER LITE

DEVELOPMENT PHASE

We are nearing the end of the development stage and hope to have some preliminary prototypes before the tooling is made. We hope to have more teases throughout the process soon!

Known Info
- Injection-molded
- Bauer Lite PCB will be the same form factor as (and compatible with) Bauer 2
- Bauer Lite plates will be the same as (and compatible with) Bauer 2
- Bauer Lite top/bottom case is not the same as Bauer 2 metal versions (i.e. not compatible) because the injection molding process requires a different design for production
- Bauer Lite mounting system will be the same style as the Bauer 2, with neoprene pads and taco bumpers
- Will be consistently available and may launch it with an unlimited preorder
- There will be a hotswap PCB

Unannounced Info
- Price
- Launch date
- Color options
- What it sounds like (It doesn't exist yet!)
- Anything else not mentioned above

GROUPBUY UPDATES

We are still waiting on updated timelines for all projects from GMK. They have informed us that mostly everything is delayed. However we will not guess as to what that means. We will just wait until they give us actual date estimations before updating here.

GMK BURGUNDY R3

FORM SUBMISSIONS SUBMITTED TO GMK

We will update when GMK gets back to us on the submissions.

GMK 9009 ROUND 3

WAITING ON REPLACEMENTS TO BE SHIPPED

Replacements are being sent with GMK Nautilus.

GMK DRACULA *

IN COLOR MATCHING PHASE

We have good news and bad news.

Good News: Pink, purple, and green have been approved along with yellow officially being approved after seeing the other accents.

Bad News: The round 4 modifier sample was so horribly bad, that we are forced to basically ignore it and go for a fifth round. The sample was so far from what we requested and the color being attempting that it could have been confused as a sample for the alphas.

We’re almost there.

CUSTOM COLORS:
✅ Alphas
🔄 Modifiers
✅ Pink
✅ Purple
✅ Green
✅ Red
✅ Blue
✅ Yellow

Oct 2019 - Colors submitted to the manufacturer

ROUND 1: 
+ Early Feb 2020 - Received the first round of samples. 4-month wait.
+ Early Feb 2020 - Sent samples to designer. 
+ Late Feb 2020 - Approved red and blue. Submitted adjustments for a second round of alphas, mods, pink, green, purple, and yellow. Right after the pandemic really started to shut down everything.

ROUND 2: 
+ Late July 2020 - Received the second round of samples. 5 month wait. 
+ Early August 2020 - Sent samples to color specialist to measure and to designer.
+ First Week of Sept 2020 - No approvals. Submitted adjustments for a third round.

ROUND 3: 
+ Mid Oct 2020- We received alpha, modifier, and yellow samples. Within 5 weeks of submitting them, which seems to be back to the original timeline of samples from 2019.
+ Mid Oct 2020 - Sent samples to designer and color specialist.
+ Early Nov 2020 - Approved alphas and yellow(tentatively). Submitted adjustments for a fourth round of the modifiers.
+ Late Dec 2020 - Green and Purple samples arrived.
+ Late Dec 2020 - Samples were mailed to designer and color specialist.
+ Early Jan 2021 - Received color data.
+ Early Jan 2021 - Green and Purple are confirmed. Yellow is officially confirmed.

ROUND 4:
+ Late Dec 2020 - R4 Modifier and Pink samples arrived.
+ Late Dec 2020 - Samples were mailed to designer and color specialist.
+ Early Jan 2021 - Received color data.
+ Early Jan 2021 - Pink confirmed. Mod color was nowhere close to what we wanted. the 4th sample for the modifier was basically worthless, giving us no other choice but to get the 5th round.
+ Early Jan 2021 - Submitted adjustments to the manufacturer for the modifiers.

ROUND 5:
+ Late Jan 2021 - R5 Modifier sample arrived.
+ Late Jan 2021 - R5 Modifier sample sent to designer and color specialist.

GMK TERRA

COLORS APPROVED - IN PRODUCTION QUEUE

We have had discussions about the new samples and have determined that all colors are good to go. LET’S GET THIS SET PRODUCED!

CUSTOM COLORS:
✅ Alphas
✅ Modifiers
✅ Gray
✅ Yellow

GMK MODERN DOLCH LIGHT *

COLORS APPROVED - IN PRODUCTION QUEUE

CUSTOM COLORS:
✅ Alphas
✅ Modifiers
✅ Cyan
✅ Pink

Deskpad-only order have been shipped. (Except a few people who have been emailed about their order)

RAMA-only orders have been shipped.

GMK BOTANICAL

SHIPPED

All groupbuy orders have been shipped except for a handful of international orders. We have reached out to those customers by email regarding their orders.

GMK NAUTILUS 2 *

IN TRANSIT

Shipment was picked up this week and hopefully will arrive next week.

Deskpad-only order have been shipped. (Except a few people who have been emailed about their order)

RAMA-only orders have been shipped.

GMK REDACTED *

PRODUCTION PREPARATION

Deskpad-only orders will ship out after 8008 ink GB orders.

RAMA-only orders have been shipped.

GMK MODERN DOLCH 2

IN PRODUCTION QUEUE

Deskpad-only orders will ship out after Redacted deskpad-only orders.

RAMA-only orders will be shipped alongside the deskpad-only orders.

GMK NUCLEAR DATA *

IN COLOR MATCHING PHASE

Oblotzky received the color samples and is analyzing.

Deskpad-only orders will ship out after MoDo 2 deskpad-only orders.

GMK PONO

IN PRODUCTION QUEUE

No news.

GMK MINIMAL 2

IN COLOR MATCHING PHASE

We have received the color measurement data from our color specialist. We had a meeting with the designer about them and have decided that we will be getting another round of samples for the red and blue.

CUSTOM COLORS:
🔄 Red
✅ Green
🔄 Blue

SA DUALSHOT

IN COLOR MATCHING PHASE

We received color chips from SP to compare to the GMK colors to see if we could use any stock colors. We have determined that most, if not all, colors will need to be custom mixed, as no stock colors matched well enough. We have sent SP samples of all GMK colors for them to match to.

CUSTOM COLORS:
⏸ Base
⏸ Legends
⏸ Red
⏸ Yellow
⏸ Cyan
⏸ Blue

GMK REDLINE *

IN COLOR MATCHING PHASE

Received the remaining three colors. They have been shipped to the color specialist.

CUSTOM COLORS:
👁 Red
👁 Alpha Base
👁 Alpha Legends
👁 Modifier Base

8008 INKS *

ARRIVED

These will begin shipping next week.

MEKA BAGS

IN PRODUCTION

We have been informed by our manufacturing partner that the bags will be shipped to us before they leave for their CNY holiday break.

BAUER 2

IN PRODUCTION

Machining should be complete before CNY holiday, however the finishing will be done after they get back at the end of Feb. We are still on track for our original shipping estimate of April.

PCBs arrived. We may be able to ship out PCB only orders before the GB, but no promises.

GMK THINKCAPS

COLOR MATCHING PHASE

No news.

GMK 80082

PRODUCTION QUEUE

Invoices have been received and are being paid by vendors.

CYBER MEKA MATS

PRODUCTION

These pads are being produced and will be complete before they leave for the CNY holiday. The shipping takes a few weeks because it is by sea. We should still be on track to have these shipped out by the end of Q1.

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