The Ghost Keyboard Creates a Sense of Mystery

In response to the Render Weekly challenge, Shaun Wellens put together a Ghost Keyboard that is striking in its design. The keys are all there, but none are labeled, leaving you guessing which key is which.

Ghost Keyboard mechanical switches

Wellens explains that part of his inspiration for the keyboard was the work done by @_zarki_ on his mechanical key switches. “So, when I heard about this week’s @rendeweekly I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to take part in another challenge by a group that’s done amazing things for the industrial design and 3D artist community,” posts Wellens.

Ghost Keyboard side view

Wellens used Fusion 360 to create the rendering of the keyboard, and then rendered it in Keyshot. “I’ve always wanted to design my own ,” says Wellens, and, after taking one apart to “see what make it tick (or click),” he did just that. “Turns out it’s relatively simple,” says Wellens about how keyboards work, but what he accomplished with his design is anything but.

Ghost Keyboard complete mastery

Reactions to this work have been mixed, but it still represents an intriguing challenge. Such a keyboard requires a complete mastery of the keys’ locations, and how many people can claim to have that intimate of a knowledge of those keys? You might have the alphabet mastered, and even potentially some of the number keys, but what about each of the punctuation marks? Not to mention all those function keys?

Regardless of how much curiosity or dread this image evokes in you, you have to admire the work that went into creating such a unique vision. The detail work is perfect—enough so that you’ll be comparing it to your keyboard to remember which key is where.

Check it out

Ghost Keyboard side view

Ghost Keyboard inside look on parts

Ghost Keyboard back view