Author: Chris Coyier

  • Adding One Sentence to Every Email Can Free Up Hours

    Minda Zetlin at Inc, crediting advice from Adam Grant: We can collectively cut [the 2 hours and 36 minutes we spend on email every day] way down by adding one simple sentence to the end of every email we send. The sentence should say something like this: “If you can, I would appreciate a response by […]

  • Email Newsletter Solutions

    Joni Halabi looks at a bunch of options: Revue, MailChimp, Emma, MailerLite, and ButtonDown. ButtonDown was the best choice for her. Pretty interesting how they offer a physical mail scan-and-forward service to all users. At CodePen, we hand-roll a whole fancy CMS for newsletters and ultimately send them via SparkPost. In my CSS-Tricks days, I […]

  • Per My Last Email T-Shirt

    Figure I better document all my favorite email memes. Wish I had the vectors (and original artists).

  • The Back-From-Vacation Inbox Speed Run

    archive-archive-archive-archive-archive How fast can you “normalize” your inbox after literally not looking at it for a week? I wonder if there is a disconnect that can be discovered in this situation. Like if email feels like a burden, yet you can kick through a week of email in a one-hour dedicated session… maybe it’s not […]

  • No Public Email on Purpose

    I’d like to talk to a variety of people who choose to make their email address completely unfindable on the internet and understand why. I’m sure there are a wide variety of reasons. Opening yourself up to communication from strangers is classically problematic from a potential abuse and harassment angle, so that’s one reason people […]

  • Shift, Ahhhh, Nevermind.

    Just a note that I switched to Shift for day to day email a few months back. I’ve used it in the past, but spent most years using Mailplane. But Mailplane is dead, so I was back in the browser for a while, then had a fling with Shortwave, but craved just the regular ol’ […]

  • “So I can send an email but everyone doesn’t see who else is on it?”

    I like how the joke is “yes you can, duh, literally every person on earth knows how the features of email works”. I wish I could say that about the apps I’ve built.

  • Why Do Email Apps Struggle…?!

    Francesco D’Alessio: Email apps. They come, they conquer — they leave. This could be written on a Roman tablet somewhere. Prepare for your email applications to just drop dead. The cost of running them and managing them sometimes is so high that they have to call it a day I think it’s because: It’s a […]

  • Bifurcation

    Chris Palmer: What distinguishes email from other digital communications is that it has become a world-writable to-do list. A world-writable to-do list is an abomination that steals our time, our attention, our autonomy, and our souls. It stops us from doing productive work. We should resist email, and prefer most other form of communications. It’s […]

  • The Right Tool

    Seth Godin on the “Reply All” feature of email: It’s all the worst elements of synchronous and asynchronous discussion rolled into one. It prioritizes speed of reply over thoughtfulness, and creates a hard-to-manage non-coordinated sort of discovery and decision making. If it’s worth taking the time of the team, it’s worth doing it in a […]