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  1. Keith Davis

    I’m a big fan of good fonts and good font combinations.
    Thanks for pointing out the finer points of the font comparison – worth knowing.

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  2. Marcus L Tibesar

    I studied the two examples and my eye just isn’t well trained enough to discriminate fully between the types of fonts (Google and Brick).

    I haven’t had any problems with Google Fonts (they seem to be always available and fast) so, I think I’ll stick with them for the time being.

    Lastly, I appreciate all the initiatives to improve the web’s typography.

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  3. Hamish

    This articles is only missing one thing – a size comparison between google’s offering and Brick’s. Then you’ve got everything you need to make a decision.

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    • Nate Wright

      Here’s a quick comparison of the .woff asset load for Libre Baskerville as loaded on the comparison pages linked in this article:

      Brick: 302.9kb
      Google: 91.4kb

      My system didn’t have to download the EB Garamond, but others might, which would add:

      Brick: 217kb
      Google: 27.7kb

      For a grand total of:

      Brick: 519.9kb
      Google: 119.1kb

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  4. Jacob

    HUGE difference between demos in Chrome on Windows 7.

    Google fonts often look awful, Brick fonts actually look decent.

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  5. Zulfikar Nore

    A nice addition to the tool kit.

    The only issue I’m seeing is the end user license – Open source + Public Domain are fine for contribution but usage wise only Public Domain CC By 0 is compatible with GPL in terms of themes hosted in the WordPress repository.

    Any clarification/link to the actual end user license? GPL, MIT or only CC By X?

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    • Nate Wright

      It looks like the license is stored with each font so you can check it out before using it. I looked at a few and they were mostly SIL Open Font License, which I believe is compatible but would love to hear confirmation from someone who has actually addressed the issue.

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    • Alfred Xing

      As Nate mentioned, the licenses are font-specific. Most of them are SIL, some are Apache, and a couple are LaTeX.

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  6. Flick

    And there was me thinking that it was just my old laptop making the fonts show up a little threadbare. Can breathe a sigh of relief now so thanks, Sarah. Will definitely be considering Brick Font on sites where sites where text >> images since this should improve the visual experience. With reference to other comments: hopefully one day there will be a compromise between Brick and Google.

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  7. Zulfikar Nore

    @Nate & @Alex,

    Thanks for clearing that up and pointing in the right direction for the license :)

    Glad to see most of the fonts are under the SIL license and that makes it a relief for us WordPress.org developers – will more than likely switch to Brick for my next theme :)

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  8. delta323

    Any chance of updating this for the current theme, Twenty Fourteen? I’d appreciate it. John Tranter, Sydney.

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