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Computing tools empower diverse creative workflows, from designing products to crafting artwork or architectures. While our current devices offer substantial power, their usability in the creative process is hindered by clunky keyboards and the reliance on styluses or electronic pens, which often involve cumbersome key interactions. Keyboard shortcuts, intended to streamline actions, can instead introduce stress and disrupt the creative flow due to finger gymnastics and memorization challenges. Recognizing this, creators and designers are increasingly turning to custom-made keyboards, with the latest addition boasting significant power in a compact and aesthetically pleasing package.
Most design and creative software relies on keyboard shortcuts to eliminate the need for navigating through numerous menus. However, the keyboard’s conventional structure forces users to combine unrelated keys, such as Ctrl and Z for undo or Ctrl and Y for redo. This not only complicates memorization but can also lead to finger discomfort over time.
Introducing the Figma Creator Micro Keyboard (Figma x Work Louder), a petite square keyboard featuring 12 mechanical keys arranged in a cross formation. The innovative concept allows users to map each key to a distinct function, eliminating the need for multi-key combinations. While 12 keys may seem limited for software with numerous actions, the Figma Creator addresses this limitation with four customizable “layers,” providing each key with the potential for four different actions. This results in a total of 48 programmable keys, accessible by simply tapping a capacitive sensor in the corner.
Beyond the standard keys, the Figma Creator Micro Keyboard incorporates two analog controls—a dial and a wheel—both clickable. These controls can be mapped to tasks such as adjusting brush sizes or navigating through sequences of undos and redos rapidly. This versatility makes the keyboard essential for digital painting and design software, showcasing its purposeful design catering specifically to these creative endeavors.
The keyboard’s aesthetic charm is accentuated by a frosted polycarbonate case that allows the RGB lighting within to shine through. The low-profile concave keycaps are replaceable, enabling users to customize the keyboard’s appearance to match their mood or workflow. Priced at $139 and currently available for pre-order, this keyboard represents a valuable investment for those seeking relief from finger strain after intense work sessions.
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