Author: Chris Coyier

  • You get good at what you do

    You work at an ice cream shop and scoop ice cream cones by the hundreds? You’re gonna get good at it. You’ll get a feel for the scoop and how it grabs the ice cream. You’ll get a feel for how big you need to make the scoops depending on what you’re doing with them. […]

  • Gmail Tips

    Vaishnavi Rao has a couple of Gmail-specific email productivity tips. I didn’t know about the Google Labs feature for viewing sender legitimacy. That seems like a good one to have on.  If you haven’t heard of it, the “Send & Archive” is a massive one. It’s a default setting now after spending many years as […]

  • Double Opt-In Email Intros

    Reposting from my other blog, because this blog is way better for it.  You know those “introduction” emails? Someone thinks you should meet someone else, and emails happen about it. Or it’s you doing the introducing, either by request or because you think it’s a good idea. Cutting to the chase here, those emails could […]

  • Nick Douglas’ “How to Ask for Advice Over Email”

    Great list: Spend 95% of your time researching the person you’re emailing, and 5% writing the email. Introduce yourself quickly but specifically, and ask specific questions. Ask one or two questions. Not three! You’ll feel like adding a third because your email looks too short. It’s not. Google your questions first. Don’t offer to “hop […]

  • Email Statistics Report

    This company The Radicati Group, Inc. produces “quantitative and qualitative research on email, security, instant messaging, social networking, information archiving, regulatory compliance, wireless technologies, web technologies, unified communications, and more.” Looks like one report will run ya about $7,500, but they publish summaries, including the email one. It has some interesting stuff in it: In […]

  • “It’s going to get worse before it gets better.”

    Quinn Norton for the Atlantic: Email has changed since [the 1970s], but not much. Most of what’s changed in the last 45 years is email clients—the software we use to access email. They’ve clumsily bolted on new functionality onto the old email, without fixing any of the underlying protocols to support that functionality. The article […]

  • How much is email worth to you?

    Fascinating little 10-minute podcast from Planet Money’s The Indicator that put a data-driven dollar value on some of the biggest internet services. When economist Tim Harford was planning a trip to China, he realized he would not be able to access a lot of the online services he has come to rely on: no email, […]

  • Should I just get a new email address?

    This seems like the nuclear option! Your email is so out of control that you literally give up and start over completely fresh. This might be fine for Beyoncé, but her success seems a little more locked in that yours or mine.  This also seems awful dangerous to me. How many people are going to continue […]

  • GDPR Emails

    Everybody is getting pounded with emails from apps that are changing their privacy policy or doing things like re-validating their marketing email lists. But I think I’ve read more joke tweets about it than actual emails!

  • MailPlane and Boxy for Inbox are Broken. Shift Working!

    I’ve been using Mailplane for a long time. It’s just a wrapper for Gmail/Inbox, which is perfect. That’s what i like, web clients with native wrappers. The Inbox tabs I use have been broken all morning. I figured it was something funky with my internet or VPN, but it turns out it’s straight up broken. […]