Washington, D.C. — A few months ago we sent a birthday card to an old friend. At the time, I was experimenting with cursive capital forms and their interlocking layout. The quote from Arthur Conan Doyle's The Sign of Four — "I am the last and highest court of appeal in detection." — seemed very appropriate for our friend, an appellate attorney and huge fan of Sherlock Holmes. To add a "meta" layer of fun to the card, I used this quite indecipherable script for the lettering.
Upon receipt of the card, our friend sent us these very charming videos of his daughters trying to read the quote. The script's very real illegibility, duly noted.