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JH: >I think we're too focused on whether the weight matches the letterpress, and not considering the more basic question: is the digital Electra too spindly to work as a text face in typical offset printing situations? . . . I've seen numerous books set in 11pt Electra that I would not want to read on account of the weakness of the type. . . . [T]his is something that can be judged soley with reference to the digital type as printed offset. Personally, if I intended to use Electra for anything printed offset, I would probably spend a couple of days beefing up the outlines in various ways.
Again, John had expressed it well and I agree with his assessment.
HHP: >But would you also make the outlines somewhat bumpy, and the baseline somewhat jumpy?
No and maybe.
AB: (Was the original Specimen brochure on coated?)
The original specimen of Electra (more of an elaborate announcement, really) was printed on a laid-finish book paper. All of the individual specimen books for Dwiggins's types that I have seen were printed on book papers.
I believe that Dwiggins and Griffith would have been striving to balance the performance of the type on both uncoated and coated papers; that is why they proofed everything on several different papers. The aim was to hit the weight and contrast so that the type was neither too dazzling on coated, nor too sluggish on uncoated.
I find the digital Electra too dazzling even on uncoated.