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Mechanical Switch Embroidered Patches

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We’ve asked 4 digital artists based in Egypt, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia to take part in an embroidered patches contest for mechanical keyboard enthusiasts. An accessory that could be easily applied on a velcro strap of a backpack, on a baseball hat, or on a jacket. Here are the results. Before that, a little bit of history for those of you who wonder how did we get here.

Overview

From the streets of New York to the runways in Milan, embroidered patches are having a long-standing moment in today’s fashion world. Given the boom of fast-fashion and mass-produced garments, consumers are seeking new ways to stand out and express their passions by personalizing the accessories they own.

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The story of the humble patch is centuries old. It dates back to Ancient China, when the process of patching was used to serve a functional purpose: to mend clothing. Fast forward to the 19th Century and, following the industrialization and the evolution of technology, the United States military began mass-producing official division patches. Shortly after, the rest of the country followed suit. Everyone was getting in on the action: factory workers, delivery men, police and fire departments. The patch became an everyday occurrence in Western culture.

Things further evolved in the middle of the 20th Century. Patches became a representation of what is not mainstream: the rise of biker culture in the ’60s, the hippie movement of the ’70s, the birth of punk rock in the ’80s. The embroidered patch was a staple within each of these worlds. At last, it became a way to express personality and highlight nonconformity to society’s standards.

Today, brands like OFF-WHITE, Supreme, and Gucci have embraced the patch to infuse pop-culture into their high-end garments. Wants to know more? Here’s a brief story about patches in modern fashion industry.

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Concept

It’s hard to tell if the influx of embroidered patches is just a passing trend or it’s here to stay, but the medium has certainly allowed an entire generation of designers and enthusiasts to express themselves and their passions.

For this concept, we’ve involved 4 digital artists from Egypt, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia into a contest to provide their own representation of the perfect embroidered patch for a mechanical keyboard enthusiast. A patch that could be applied on a velcro strap of a backpack, on a baseball hat, or on a jacket. At last, here below are the results. What do you think of their proposals?

Details

  • Brand: n/a
  • Source of Inspiration: /r/MechanicalKeyboards
  • Designer: artists collective from Egypt, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia

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Give some love to the designers and feel free to add your comments on how to further improve their concepts. And check out one of our previous works: a concept for a mechanical keyboard inspired by Blizzard’s Overwatch.

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AC Milan eSports Jersey Concept for 2021

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While working at our previous concept for a streetwear hoodie, we’ve started thinking how cool it would be for Serie A teams to embrace the rise of eSports in a full-blown eSerie A championship. This could run in those months when Serie A is on a summer break, extending Serie A yearly coverage while sustaining the interest of those who want to support their favorite team on-the-go. Under this possibility, we’ve been working on a concept for an eSports jersey and – once again – we’ve leverage on the brand identity of the team we know best: AC Milan.

Overview

Esports have been a big deal for quite a while. It’s a massive industry estimated to be worth somewhere in the ballpark of 1.8 billion USD by 2022. It’s attracting the largest audience on the planet, already over 600 million people. Forbes reports that esport pro athletes have been growing more than 40% annually every year since 1998. The LA Times says eight million people log on every day to take part. And yet, for some of us, it still feels somewhat foreign, an underground culture even.

eSports gaming set

With the public health crisis in full swing, we’ve already seen athletes and celebrities hunkered in their living rooms with controllers in hand (Charles Leclerc anyone?), engaging in video games like Assetto Corsa Competizione, NBA 2K20, and of course, FIFA / PES. Those are video games mostly played recreationally, although when the stakes rise and pros and money get involved, they essentially become esports. It’s a galaxy comprised of international tournaments and sponsored teams competing in well-established tournaments like those arranged by the developers/publishers of LOL, Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

Earlier this year, the Italian football league Serie A TIM have launched their first esports competition – called eSerie A – with the top qualified players having the opportunity to be picked by the top-flight clubs. The new competition, set up in association with sports marketing company Infront, will see players from 20 Italian clubs compete for the inaugural title. Infront will organize the competition along with Italian esports company, PG Esport as well as 15 days’ worth of broadcast production of all events and matches.

PS4 user playing FIFA 2020

Concept

We started by asking ourselves: “Who said that an eSports Jersey has to be 100% identical to the kit used by the main team?”. We should be more daring and try out something different. Next up, we brainstormed about the key elements that compose a videogame. If you think of videogames one of the first thing that comes to your mind are pixels. Especially among those who started playing games in the 1980-1990s.

Inspired by pixel art from old-school videogames, in this AC Milan eSports Jersey Concept for 2021 the essence of the team is represented by the iconic color code: red and black stripes. Only this time the stripes are less “crisp” and defined, just like what you would expect from a videogame of 30 years ago. The same goes for the technical sponsor logo (Puma) and for the crest, which are both pixelated. To infuse an eSports vibe to our design, we’ve accentuated the predominance of white color, which normally appears only in the away kit. Finally, the edges in between the top and the bottom of the jersey hide a homage to Milan famous cathedral, or Duomo di Milano.

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Custom Mechanical Keyboard Infographic

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Finally decided to get rid of your old membrane keyboard with rubber domes and replace it with a new fancy and shiny mechanical keyboard? Knowing what options are open (and useful) to you is very important. This infographic represents a good starting point for anyone interested on entering this world. It can be downloaded for free and it will be updated regularly based on your suggestions.

While if you’re looking for a desk mat based on our infographic, please visit our Custom Mechanical Keyboard Infographic Desk Mat product page.

Overview

At the time when computers were introduced, keyboards were large and heavy devices with a price somewhere around 100 USD. They came along with a sturdy printed circuit, which was mounted to a metal plate. The mechanical switches most commonly used gave out an audible or tactile feedback when pressed. As a result, people who used these keyboards were able to know whether they successfully pressed on a specific character or not.

Photo: IBM Model M. Source: Wikipedia

However, the prices of computers and components dropped significantly along the years. But the price of a mechanical keyboard remained mostly unchanged and some people did not want to spend that much money on a single device when the entire computer cost kept reducing. This gave life to the rubber dome membrane keyboard. In rubber dome membrane keyboards, the circuit was printed in a collection of flexible membranes; the springs, which used to support the keys, were replaced by rubber domes. However, these keyboards were not as durable as the mechanical ones. External factors such as humidity and temperature could create a visible impact on the functionality and performance. As a consequence, this made people reconsider about going mechanical instead.

Mechanical keyboards are associated with a variety of benefits as well as advantages. Durability and consistency over time are the most prominent. Ok, you will have to spend a considerable amount of money in order to purchase a good and reliable device. However, you will get the opportunity to use that keyboard for a long period of time. To do not mention the “sensorial” benefits: sound and feel are just better in a well-chosen MKB.

Photo: Ducky One 2 Mini Horizon. Source: Ducky

Concept

Depending on who you ask, you might get different motivation for switching to mechanical keyboards. Some people like how their tactile feedback makes them easier to use, some others appreciate customizability. You can buy different keycaps, change their mechanical switches, and go full custom by choosing basically every single component for a tailored experience.

Let’s get to the point: the world of custom mechanical keyboards can be pretty intimidating at first. It’s like going down the rabbit hole. The process to build a keyboard from scratch requires some study, and above all preparation before jumping into action. And that’s where we hope that this infographic will come in handy. The scope is to provide an initial idea of the array of options you will experience, even if it would be impossible to try to list them all here. These are the most common choices out there, along with some general rules.

This is our infographic version 2.0. The idea is to update it regularly to expand the content and add more details. You can download the high-res for free at the link below, print it on paper or even on s mouse pad or a wallpaper. Furthermore, you can order a desk mat from our store page.

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Custom Mechanical Keyboard (link below to download and to desk mat)

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SupeRanked Custom Mechanical Keyboard Infographic V3.0
Size: 3.6 MB
Version: 3.0
Published: 26/10/2020

We believe that knowledge should be accessible to all without trade-off. Hence, this download is completely free.

We will keep updating and expanding our Custom Mechanical Keyboard Infographic every quarter. Please consider subscribing to get notified once a new version is released.

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Version: 2.0
Published: 27/07/2020

OG Version 2.0. It comes in dark mode and a bit messier layout. We still recommend you to download and use V3.0 instead, as it contains more accurate details.

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Twitch Streetwear Hoodie

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Founded in 2011, Twitch is currently the most popular online service to watch and stream content related to games. It originally focused almost entirely on video games, but has since expanded to include streams dedicated to talk shows, craftwork, music, etc. Owned by Amazon since 2014, Twitch has millions daily active users and a very unique identity reinforced by their late-2019 redesign. We’ve been recently working on a concept for a streetwear hoodie inspired by the new logo, and here’s the result.

Overview

The new logo has been released in late 2019. It comes with various, beneficial updates that make it so much better. The main change being the tighter counterspaces of the letters that now also match the thickness of the stroke around the letters. The characters are wider and bolder, creating a more impactful branding. The angled notches on the bottom of the “w”, “t”, and “c” are all now in the same direction, making the logo consistent and balanced.

Concept

Twitch may have begun as a video game streaming service but since then it’s been expanding to offer a variety of live streams aimed to appeal to a broader audience. Some examples are IRL (In Real Life) which features streamers simply chatting live with their viewers, Talk Shows including a mix of live panel discussions, and even professionally produced variety shows. While viewers looking for something more artistic should check out the Creative category. This is where artists, programmers, animators, cosplayers, and designers share their creative process with the world.

We felt that such a widespread and variegated streaming platform deserves a bold design for its merch. We decided to start from a classic streetwear hoodie design and play along with it by leveraging on both brand name and icon.

The results is something that we hope it could strike the attention of both online viewers and real life crowd, thanks to its bold pattern and a combination of colors that it’s rarely found elsewhere when it comes to streetwear.

Details

  • Brand: Twitch
  • Source of inspiration: 2019 redesign
  • Designer: Ardimas (Indonesia)

Your Opinion

We’d love to hear your thoughts. Let us know in the comments section below, and don’t forget to rate this project. If you want to see another work from Ardimas, check out his AC Milan streetwear hoodie concept.

In addition, you can submit your own design to us, more details here.

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Sony PlayStation Pattern for iPhone Cover

Sony launched its PlayStation brand back in 1994, followed by four major consoles, all of which have received refreshed designs. If there’s one thing that has never been changing is the iconic triangle-circle-x-square logo. This genius intuition dates back to the very original controller, and since then it has become one of the most iconic graphic elements in the gaming industry. Above all, one of the most flexible. In the year of PS5 we want to pay tribute to this unique logo with a redesigned pattern.

Overview

For years people have pondered the meaning of Sony‘s brand-defining controller face buttons. The Cross (or X) and Circle buttons are simple enough to decipher — the Circle represents “go” or “ok” (as is its use in Japan) and the Cross represents “no” or “cancel”. Meanwhile, Western games have managed to reverse the commands over time.

While said shapes are easy to explain, the Square and Triangle buttons are a less straight-forward. Thankfully, Japanese designer Teiyu Goto – who designed the first three generations of consoles – has revealed all in a recent issue of Famitsu. “Other game companies at the time assigned alphabet letters or colors to the buttons. And so we wanted something simple to remember, which is why we went with icons, and I came up with the triangle-circle-X-square combination and gave each symbol a meaning and a color”, he said. “The triangle refers to viewpoint; I had it represent one’s head or direction and made it green. Square refers to a piece of paper; I had it represent menus or documents and made it pink. The circle and X represent ‘yes’ or ‘no’ decision-making and I made them red and blue respectively. Consequently, people thought those colors were mixed up, and I had to reinforce to management that that’s what I wanted.”

Concept

It’s a fascinating story and we’ve decided to pay tribute with a small concept for a seamless pattern which incorporates the acclaimed logo. As there’s plenty of designs around that leverage already on such set of symbols, we’ve taken a different route and focused on a female-oriented pattern, inspired by Women’s Day PlayStation 4 theme released last year by Sony.

Once decided the direction we would have taken in terms of design, the next step was to test the likability of such pattern in a way that was easily understandable. Therefore, we’ve decided to try it out by implementing it on a tech accessory such as an iPhone case.

Details

  • Brand: Sony PlayStation
  • Source of inspiration: Triangle-circle-x-square logo
  • Designer: Vikka (Ukraine)

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Sneakers

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a FPS game developed by Infinity Ward and published by Activision. Serving as a reboot of the Modern Warfare sub-series, as well as the sixteenth overall installment in the COD series, it was released on October 25, 2019. This project is a tribute to the long-standing franchise.

Overview

Attempting to reflect the complexities of 2019 warfare is an compelling gambit, but it’s also a gamble. As as mainstream franchise with a reputation for run-n-gun immediate gameplay, this is a tough position from which to start discussing the complexities of war. And we have to say we really appreciate the effort that Infinity Ward & Co. have placed on this title, both in terms of story and technical evolution of the game which clearly steps up on graphics and realism. The game has hooked us for hundreds of hours already, and we’re still amused by the details such as the audio effects and the micro-movements when holding a weapon. That’s why we all agreed to work on a unique fashion item for this game.

Concept

After a couple of hours of brainstorming we decided to focus on a pair of sneakers “COD style”. The design should have been a combination of a military-grade gears together with the utilitarian trend that is taking fashion by storm.

And so our approach to this design was to infuse a few key elements to make these sneakers concept even more meaningful: a breathable and impermeable fabric like those you’ve seen before on Geox shoes, an easy-lock mechanism for the strings, a heavy duty shoe sole able to step on nails and spikes without making a dent, and a heel strap to further improve comfort and grip.

This is our first attempt on a sneaker design and we would love to hear your comments. So please do let us know your thoughts! And if you have your own sneaker design to show to the world, feel free to submit it to us.

Details

  • Brand: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Source of inspiration: military gears + utilitarian fashion trend
  • Designer: Danny (Costa Rica)

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Overwatch Mechanical Keyboard

In 2016, Blizzard—the company behind World of Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft—announced Overwatch, a hero shooter where every character has a completely unique set of abilities, allowing players to find the style that best fits their needs. This project is a tribute to one of our favorite games and one of its most iconic characters: Soldier 76.

Overview

When Jeff Kaplan announced Overwatch 2 just a few weeks ago, we were in front of the screen watching Blizzcon live. And we started thinking how awesome it would be to work on a mechanical keyboard based on one of their iconic characters. “Say no more!” The day after, we started discussing some of our sketches, and we ended up prioritizing a Soldier 76 inspired design because . . . we missed him too much from the O2 reveal trailer.

Concept

First thing we had to decide was the size of the keyboard. We opted for a mechanical tenkeyless layout as it strikes a good balance between functionality and portability. After that, it was all about infusing Soldier’s style into chassis and color scheme, with the inclusion of a LED add-on that is reminiscent of his visor and it would have a practical function of acting as notification bar for Discord, Twitch, etc. The result of our brainstorm was a vector art mockup.

In the following weeks we’ve been working at the 3D render, which has allowed us to focus on the details. Colors, materials and the structure of the chassis have been refined. The notification bar has passed through a major overhaul compared to what we had in mind during the vector art phase.

The component is now getting even closer to Soldier’s visor design and since it’s supposed to act as an add-on for the keyboard we’ve included a pogo pin connector for an easy swap with other modules for different Heroes.

Other details that it is worth mentioning: portable sleek and compact design (you can decide whether to carry the Hero add-on with you or keep it home), USB Type-C plug, detachable braided cable, two-step angle adjustment and rubber feet for adequate stability.

This is it for now. We will probably get back on this project with some updates related to the add-ons, which we think could resemble some other Heroes from the Overwatch roster.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this project. Please rate this project and leave us a message down below. Let us know if you have any recommendation or if there’s a specific Hero you would like us to explore for the next add-on to the keyboard.

Details

  • Brand: Blizzard Overwatch
  • Source of inspiration: Soldier 76 playable character
  • Designer: Wendi (Indonesia), Danny (Costa Rica)

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AC Milan Streetwear Hoodie 2020

In 1899, two English expatriates—Herbert Kilpin and Alfred Edwards—founded Milan Foot-Ball and Cricket Club, known today around the world as A.C. Milan. We want to celebrate the 120th Anniversary with a limited edition design based on the legendary colors of the Italian club.

Overview

Here at SupeRanked we love football. And when it comes to think of a streetwear design based on a European club, our mind goes to what it has been nominated by the UEFA as one of the strongest equipo of all times: that AC Milan team that goes from 1988 to 1990. At that time Arrigo Sacchi was managing a perfect machine, sealed by an unparalleled showcase of talents (Baresi, Costacurta, Maldini, Tassotti) and made lethal by the greatest orange trio: Gullit, Van Basten, and Rijkaard.

Concept

This concept is a throwback tribute to that incredible era when Kappa was the sponsor. The Italian brand was already famous for experimenting with innovative designs, like it happened later on in the ’90s with a few other iconic kits supplied to Juventus FC.

With this in mind we’ve briefed a designer (and an AC fan) from Indonesia that knows those days very well, and together we’ve come up with this concept. We’re combining together the two souls of AC Milan: Rossonero stripes and classic white. But since we don’t want to mess up with tradition (i.e., the official kit) we’ve decided to go for a more playful project with a hoodie instead.

The badge (which was missing in some Kappa iterations from the ’80s) is reintroduced in our concept, along with San Giorgio’s cross and a higher percent of dark tones to provide better contrast.

Details

  • Brand: Associazione Calcio Milan
  • Source of inspiration: Streetwear & sportswear
  • Designer: Ardimas (Indonesia)

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AMD Threadripper T-Shirt

Are you guys as thrilled as we are for the new Threadripper 3000? That’s why we can’t stop thinking that Ryzen—and Threadripper, of course—are the coolest brands in the tech industry right now. I mean, 32 cores and 64 threads? That’s benchmark-licious! OK, we digress . . .

This is a different take on the design previously developed for our streetwear hoodie. We had fun creating the vectorial representation of a CPU and so we decided to propose it again with some minor amendments and stick it on the front of a T-shirt with a bit of an extra e-sports vibe. Basically, this is what we would love to wear if our hypothetical e-sports team was sponsored by AMD.

About this concept:

  • Brand: AMD Threadripper
  • Source of inspiration: Vector design on a classic e-sports style T-shirt
  • Designer: Dom (Vietnam)

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FC Juventus 2020 Yoga Kit

You can’t talk about AC Milan like in our previous concept without mentioning the all-time rivals of FC Juventus. The team located in Turin, also informally known as Juve, is one of the top ranking Italian football clubs. The Latin word Juventus means “youth”. The club also goes by several nicknames like the “The Old Lady”.

Photo: CR7 wearing 2019-20 Jersey
Source: FC Juventus

With an outstanding record of victories in Serie A, we wanted to celebrate the old lady by re-imagining their current design. It’s quite a controversial one actually, as it’s ditches the classic black/white stripes for a revolutionary half-and-half design with a hint of pink in the middle. According to the club, “the new kit is an invitation to fans to embrace a new thought”. And so we gave ourselves the challenge to work on this design and make it even more contemporary by applying it to a yoga kit for a “young lady” instead.

About this concept:

  • Brand: FC Juventus
  • Source of inspiration: yoga apparel combined with football jersey design
  • Designer: Fashionista UK (United Kingdom)

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