Graduating from Hanoi University of Architecture, Bruce's love for custom mechanical keyboards is strongly marked by the keyboard community in Vietnam. He spent 1 years on the mechanical keyboard team, unfortunately that was the most wrong period.
After several years working in bespoke tailoring. In 2020, his desire to allow his creativity and energy to reign led Bruce to return to keyboard design to shape his creative ideals. : ORI CLUB.
As an independent designer, Bruce has the full creative freedom to indulge his passion for working with the best manufacturers - and pushing handcrafted details into his products.
Mechlovin’ Studio has to be a household name when it comes to keyboard PCB design and manufacture by now, or at least they’re close to getting there. Their success story is one of the main reasons why I came back to making custom keyboards, as I saw a way for an independent designer like myself to build a brand from the ground up with confidence.
Mechlovin’s contribution to the inception and growth of Ori Club goes far beyond their role as the sole PCB solution provider for my boards. Their insights on the mech community and sustainable business practices are simply invaluable in helping Ori take the right steps towards its goals. The faces representing Mechlovin’ are Nam Nguyen (more commonly known as Flying) and Vu Nguyen.
Vu and I go way back. We spent our early mech years as parts of a team, learned a bunch, achieved moderate success and went through a disheartening end to our keyboard dreams together. After going independent, Vu kept pushing forward to now become the chief engineer at one of the most reliable names in mech community, and the brain behind so many popular keyboard PCB designs. He made it, and for me, that’s pure inspiration.
I first met Flying when he was very new to the keyboard world, and was still a government official. Fast forward a few years, he quit his tenured job to follow his passion and co-founded Mechlovin’ with Vu. As the general manager, Flying keeps everything on the right track, and that also applies to our collaboration projects. He knows his business, and at the same time, is an enthusiast who has deep roots within the community, which I think is key to driving Mechlovin’s sustainable growth.
HUY HOANG DAO
Hoang is a full-time calligrapher based in Hanoi, Vietnam. Deeply inspired by his late grandfather, he learnt from calligrapher Margaret Shepherd and spends time studying lettering and history. He is recognised international calligraphy artist despite his young age. He was awarded the 2016 IAMPETH scholarship to attend Annual Convention in Portland, Oregon, US; 2017 Dancing Letters Scholarship to attend international calligraphy conference Letterworks in Ogden, UT, US and 2018 Seattletters Scholarship in Bellingham, WA.
Hoang teaches both the broad nib and the pointed pen, specialized in Roman, Italic, Roundhand, Spencerian and Flourishing classes. His international teaching tour started in Singapore and Jakarta in 2015, and has since been invited to teach in the various cities in the US, Australia, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Japan.
Hoang is also a pen maker; he makes pen holders by hand and is constantly driven to improve his craftsmanship to place beautiful pens in the hands of new owners. He also learn Japanese Urushi (lacquer painting) and bring his pens to new level of art.