Stop Changing Your Email Font


Font plays a very important role in how we perceive written text. It can be the difference between simple and formal or fun and casual. If you changed the font in your email client, you probably shouldn’t.

It’s tempting to put your personal touch on your emails with a handpicked font and maybe even a unique color. After all, everyone just uses boring defaults, right? You will certainly stand out, but it may not be the way you want.

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Email is the Wild West

Email is one of the last truly universal standards we have left. Even the phone numbers have been hijacked somewhat by Apple’s proprietary iMessage. But once you have an email address, you can basically send emails to any other email address.

It doesn’t matter if you use Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo or ProtonMail. You are free to email people no matter what provider they use. It’s actually quite amazing when you think about it, especially when compared to how modern messaging apps work. However, this causes some problems.

Formatting can sometimes be lost during translation. Email from one Gmail user to another will look good, but what about Gmail to Outlook or vice versa? This can really become a problem when you have multiple people discussing different providers.

Changing your font settings only accentuates this. You can change the font and formatting of your emails and there is not much the recipient can do about it. Customization is fun, but it can sometimes cause problems.

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This is my inbox, not yours

Here’s the thing: I respect your customization choices, but they’re your personalization choice. Reading emails isn’t always fun, and it’s worse if some emails arrive with random fonts and colors.

I admit that it is a strange situation. If you’re sending a physical letter to someone, you can choose the font and no one will care, unless you’re using Comic Sans. You can even write it in your own handwriting. An email feels different, though.

There’s something about an email in a quirky font that feels overwhelming. You take care of your inbox, keep it clean and tidy, and then here comes that email in purple Garamond font. What happened to my inbox? How did it get here?

Email is much more like instant messaging than physical mail and with that comes certain expectations. If you use Facebook Messenger, you expect messages to look a certain way. Even if you personally change the font on your device, it does not mean that the recipient sees this font.

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Let’s help each other

Look, there’s nothing stopping you from picking the most obnoxious font possible and changing the color to lime green. I think email would be much nicer if we kept all the default settings.

Some fonts are not as easy to read as others. Colors may not display correctly on different screens. What if the recipient has a dark email theme? There are so many variables when it comes to email formatting.

Let’s all agree to keep things simple and keep our font choices to ourselves. Slowly but surely we can improve email a bit.

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