Next-level macros and productivity

For creatives, by creatives

(and any other app that uses keyboard shortcuts)

Apply to become a Founding Member (Phase 1 lasts until Aug 15, 2022). More below.

Half a Moonlander

Half a Moonlander, with custom firmware for effortless control of your creative applications.

Not a keyboard: A creative companion. The most powerful macro pad you’ve ever had. Fully customizable.

We are developing Project Halfmoon in the open.

The hardware is proven — tens of thousands of people are using the Moonlander. Now, let's make it perfect for creatives, together.

This is where Founding Members come in: This is a diverse and articulate group of professional creatives who will help us ensure Project Halfmoon truly helps people in the field.

What applications should we support? What are the most important features within each app? What would be the ultimate macro pad, for you?

Help us decide — we need your advice.

We have a limited number of seats for Founding Members.

If your application is accepted, you will be invited to pay $10 to secure your spot as a Founding Member (limited availability).

Those $10 come off the cost of a Project Halfmoon unit for you
— when it’s time to order your unit, you'll pay $264 rather than $274.

Once units begin shipping, Founding Members will be first in line.

Halfmoon Keycap

Founding Members also get an exclusive keycap with their purchase. This keycap will never be sold or made again.

Founder's Club

As a Founding Member, you become a part of an exclusive email list where you get to weigh in on the most significant creative decisions in the project. Founding Members get to vote, and those who make major creative contributions may also receive their own Project Halfmoon unit as a thank-you for their contribution (subject to ZSA's consideration).

“We wanted to design a shortcut system that any creative could quickly customise to their exact needs, across multiple programs. The aim of Project Halfmoon is to make all your shortcuts available quickly, neatly, and exactly where you want them.”

Jo Williams
Lead Designer, ZSA

“We wanted to design a shortcut system that any creative could quickly customise to their exact needs, across multiple programs. The aim of Project Halfmoon is to make all your shortcuts available quickly, neatly, and exactly where you want them.”

Jo Williams
Lead Designer, ZSA
Designed for

A Call for Artists

To celebrate the Halfmoon, we are creating a collaborative art project showcasing several artists.

It's a deck of high-end playing cards, thoughtfully produced and a pleasure to play with. We are looking for talented illustrators to showcase. Those selected for the project will be paid for their art, in addition to getting a complimentary Halfmoon unit.

Project Timeline

May 15 - July 31

Initial application window for Founding Members. If you want to help shape Project Halfmoon from the start, now is the time to apply.

August 1 - 14

Picking the list of apps to support in the initial firmware and in the Oryx configurator.

August 15 - September 30

Designing the firmware, together. What should the unit do, out of the box? This is the heart of the creative process, and we need you to weigh in and design the firmware with us. There will be a custom mode in Oryx, accessible only to Founding Members, to design the layout. August 15 is also the last date to apply as a Founding Member.

October 1

The first units may be ordered, with the first orders reserved for Founding Members who wish to buy a Halfmoon. Units will begin shipping sometime in November.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you got a Halfmoon unit and would like to later upgrade to a full Moonlander, your upgrade package consists of the right half of the Moonlander, the TRRS cable, the Wing stub, and the carrying case. This package costs $110, including shipping.

Note that this brings the total price of a full Moonlander purchased “in halves” to $384, which is $19 more expensive than a full Moonlander bought at once.

With a Project Halfmoon unit, you get:

  • The left half of a Moonlander with the keyswitches of your choice.
  • Blank, sculpted keycaps. The unit comes in black or white, and the keycaps match the color of the unit.
  • A keycap and keyswitch puller.
  • A USB-C cable.
  • A USB C-to-A dongle.
  • A hex key for adjusting the tenting angle of the unit’s thumb cluster.
  • A Wing Stub matching the color of the unit, that allows you to remove the included wrist rest for a leaner look.

Not in the box are the carrying case for the Moonlander, the interconnecting TRRS cable, and the right half of the unit.

Founding members also get an exclusive Halfmoon Keycap which will never be offered anywhere again.

A Project Halfmoon unit (and any ZSA keyboard, for that matter) is able to simplify repetitive keyboard shortcuts. The unit supports macros, too (sequences of up to five keystrokes), as well as OS and app shortcut keys — a single key that sends Cmd+Shift+A for example.

These keys are easy to set up, and require no resident software to be running on your machine.

There are some other great products for creative control on the market, though they do require resident apps at runtime, and tend to support a limited subset of creative applications. A couple of great ones to check out are the Monogram Creative Console (sliders!) and the Stream Deck (every key is a little screen!).

First of all, thank you! Existing users who understand ZSA are so important. ♥️

As an existing user, there are two ways in which you could help, depending on your interests.

Getting a keycap

If you're happy with your Moonlander and don't plan to buy a Halfmoon, but you still want the exclusive Halfmoon Keycap, you can get one by recommending the Founding Member program to your friends. If one or two of them are accepted and buy a Project Halfmoon unit, we'll send you a keycap. Here's how:

If a friend gets a Project Halfmoon unit as a Founding Member and mentions your name on their order, and you already own a Moonlander, we will ship an extra Halfmoon Keycap with their order, for you. They would then give you the keycap, and you would both have matching exclusive keycaps on your board. Win!

If two different friends get Halfmoon units as Founding Members and mention you, we will ship you your own Halfmoon keycap with a personal handwritten thank-you note from Erez (that's me, ZSA's CEO).

Becoming a Supporter

If you are a creative professional who is already using the Moonlander and would like to share your favorite layout, we would love for you to help. This is a special status called a Supporter, and does not cost anything. To apply as a Supporter, please fill out this form sharing your current use case and creative background, and we may get back to you with an invitation.

We are not able to invite all applicants, but we do review every submission, and I (Erez) deeply appreciate your willingness to help Project Halfmoon and ZSA find a new audience amongst creative pros. Exceptional contributions from supporters may get various interesting rewards (such as the Halfmoon keycap and other cool things that aren't even on the website), per ZSA's consideration.

If you're accepted as a Founding Member, you'll get a look behind the scenes of creating a new ZSA product. You'll see other members' ideas for the default layout, and will be invited to vote and comment on them, and contribute your own ideas and insights.

None of this is mandatory or required to maintain your Founding Member status. You will have full visibility into the process and the community, and will participate at will. Lurking is just fine.

The Halfmoon Founding Member community is run in accordance to the Contributor Covenant code of conduct.

No. If you have a full Moonlander, you can use Project Halfmoon firmware and do everything a Halfmoon does (once we release Project Halfmoon to the public).

We publish a magazine.

It comes out once a month, and it‘s great. Called The Ergo, our magazine features user stories, links worth your time, and subscriber-only goodies.

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