Hi there, Touchtypers!
There's been a number of developments and tid-bits since my last update, so let's jump right in:
Early Backer Rewards Shipped
First, I'm proud to announce that we have completed all the shipments for the Early Backers (yay!).
That said, there are some international shipments I know that are still in transit. If you haven't received your case yet, and we haven't been in touch already, send me a private message and I'll look it up.
Judging by all the personal messages and the comment board, you guys are really pleased with the final product. A couple of backers have already posted their reviews:
Most everyone seems to agree that the case is as good, if not better, than they had expected… Sweet!
One observation I've heard a few reports about is that the color from the suede lining on some of the Wild Espresso cases appears to be coming off on the keys. Fortunately, I've learned that it can easily cleaned off with some nail polish remover. Also, any color transfer should stop altogether after a certain point. Nevertheless, I want to apologize for any hassle this may cause. I really tried my best to test out every aspect of the design but it never occurred to me that there could be an issue with the color of the lining.
Similarly, please keep me posted on how the Touchtype fares with long-term use. This is a version 1.0 product (and I'm a version 1.0 product designer) so I need everyone's collective feedback to help me improve the design.
Status of Black Leather Cases
Progress has been slow but steady. I've gone back and forth with the factory trying to get the case exactly right. For example, the leather they used for the first sample felt too plasticky to me (even though it was apparently top grain leather).
The leather in the next sample was better, but it still appeared too dull and gray to my eyes. I have the third sample on its way to me as we speak which I'm hoping will be the winner. The leather it uses should be based on a swatch I had approved — a dark, rich black with just the right amount of shine. I had to pay extra for it, but I'm happy to sacrifice some margins for a superior end product.
Because of this delay, it's likely that I won't be able to send the black cases out until October. I know this is not the best news, but trust me, the wait will be worth it!
At the same time, I'm working on getting my remaining stock of cases up for retail sale. I'm planning on having a portion of the cases available on Amazon and some through my own website. If you're interested in knowing when these will be available, sign up for the mailing list at www.touchtypecase.com
I hope you guys aren't tired of me saying this, but thank you for all your backing, support, comments, feedback, reviews, patience, general nice-ness, humor and love.
This has been a very good experience for me and I'm honored to have such a great bunch of early adopters for Touchtype's inaugural product.