Top 5 Breakthrough Email Newsletter Design Trends

Top 5 Breakthrough Email Newsletter Design Trends

By 18 July 2016 Articles 9 Comments

Out of the 215 billion emails sent daily, should every email have a motive to generate or convert leads? Not really! Email newsletters are effective for awareness, acquisition, conversion, and retention– not to forget their trust building ability with your subscribers by sharing valuable information.

So, how do you design a newsletter that can help you build long term relationships with your subscriber base? Well, let’s have a look at the top 5 breakthrough newsletter design trends that will rule 2016.

1) Get Responsive or go home

With over 50% of email newsletters being viewed on mobile phones, it is essential for any email marketer to consider a mobile-first approach. A responsive email design means your subscribers will not have to pinch and zoom to view your newsletter. I found a nice responsive email checklist here, but following are the prerequisites that you should consider in 2016 before you plan to adopt a responsive email newsletter design.

  • Due to the many different email clients, it is essential to create your newsletter with a fixed width for universal support.
  • A width of 600px for any newsletter is an ideal one. But, now with an increase in wider screens you can go till 700px to 750px.
  • Keep the size of the CTA buttons of your newsletter between 25px to 44px depending on the font size and layout of your newsletter.
  • Consider creating a different CTA for mobile users. For example, for your mobile users, you can add a CTA of a phone link, whereas for desktop users, you swap it with a CTA to sign up.

Fig: Different CTAs for Mobile & Desktop

  • If you have a newsletter with too much content, you can go interactive animation such as accordions to stack your content.
  • You can also consider using a different header & footer for mobile, making most of those elements on the small screen.

responsive email header and footer
Fig: Responsive header and footer

2) Single Column Layouts Are Awesome

Sending an email newsletter without analyzing your previous campaign reports is like travelling on a highway without signboards – you are bound to lose your way! Single column layout will be essential for businesses in 2016, since more users will be viewing newsletters on a mobile phone now.

Go for single column newsletter design. These layouts look long and skinny, making it easy for your subscribers to scroll through the newsletter. The readers can skim through the newsletter, and read the content they actually are interested in.

Fig: Single column newsletter design

3) Pump Up Your Email Newsletters With Interactivity

Subscribers receive numerous promotional emails and newsletters in their inboxes, leading to a crowded inbox. So,

  • What shall marketers do in order to make their newsletters STAND OUT?
  • How do marketers create and hold an improved CTR in the future?

Well, industry influencers certainly know the trends in the future of email newsletters, and Interactive email design is one of them.

Interactivity will give your newsletters designs a makeover, thus making them stand out in that crowded inbox. Interactivity can be based on CSS3 animations, you can use Menus, Accordions, Flip Effects, and much more to stack your content and make your newsletters look clean and scannable.

Fig: Interactivity in Email Newsletters

4) Don’t Fall Flat, Fallback instead

Optimizing your newsletter to render well across all email clients is key. A number of email clients do not support the background-image property due to which, images might not render well – making your newsletters look ugly (or broken).

A strong fallback comes to rescue for images to render well across all email clients. Also, in cases where your subscribers are struggling with their internet connection, and are facing difficulty in loading the newsleter images, use creative and colorful pixel art and ALT text as a back up for the images. Don’t forget to scale pixel art in for smaller devices.


Fig: Pixel art in Emails

5) Powerful Typography = Stunning Newsletter Design

Marketers focus a lot on newsletter layouts, colors, images, content, to create an engaging newsletter. But, they tend to miss out on one of the important factors affecting it, i.e. Typography.

A few key points for strong email newsletter typography in 2016.

  • Consider using web safe fonts such as Arial, Helvetica, Tahoma, Times Roman, and Georgia. For email clients that do not support the web safe fonts, you will have to provide these as fallback options.
  • Use white space wisely to ensure legibility.
  • Don’t play around with the alignment to make your newsletters look fancy.
  • Avoid using multiple typefaces in your newsletter; it will make your newsletter look scattered. You can grab a reader’s attention with just a couple of font faces.
  • Make the correct choice for Headings, sub-headings and the body of your newsletter.

A Few Short Tips!

  • Don’t add too much text in the newsletter. Provide a ‘Read More’ button after a brief content. Readers who are interested in a particular article will click the URL and read the entire article.
  • If your newsletter is too long, adding a table of content at the beginning is a best practice. This will let the subscribers navigate directly to the section they are interested in.

Wrapping Up

Email Newsletter design is more than just an art; in fact, it has crucial influence on the success of your campaigns. I’m sure the insight from the breakthrough email newsletter design trends in this article will help create an engaging design that sells and compels. We’d love to hear your thoughts & experiences on these new trends.

Kevin George

Kevin George


Kevin is the Head of Marketing at EmailMonks, one of the fastest growing Email design and coding companies specializes in psd to email html coding. He loves gadgets, bikes, jazz, and breathes ‘email marketing’. He is a brand magician who loves to engage and share insights with fellow marketers. You can follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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  • Christian Gatlin

    Great post, Kevin!

    This article has a simple, easy-to-follow layout and will help businesses enhance their email marketing strategies. With the rapid popularity in email marketing, do you suppose it will be as relevant in the next 5-10 years?

    If you get a chance, you should also check out some of the email marketing hacks MarketPro has: (

    • kevin

      Hey Christian,

      Great that you loved the article.

      Innovations happening in the world of email marketing has been substantial in the past couple years. Introduction of wearables means soon email newsletters shall soon be on your palms. So it is not necessary that all of the above stated trends might survive for 5-10 years.

      But on the aspect of relevancy, with the increasing number of emails being opened in the mobile devices – Responsive emails are here to stay and single column layout may become a standard. Moreover, interactivity increases user engagement and every email marketers wishes to achieve it.

      Stay connected. :)

  • justin

    Awesome article for Email marketing strategies. Nice once….. Email/newsletter is good option for business growth…

  • ajaniashish

    Good post, I often choose single column layouts as it is a great viewing experience on a mobile phone now. Thank you for sharing.

  • Nisha Garg

    This article has a simple, easy-to-follow layout and will help businesses enhance their email marketing strategies. In your blog post all point are important for designing the Email newsletters. I also share the interesting information on Email Marketing in my blog (inbox blueprint 2.0).

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