The Top 5 Email Design Trends to Pay Attention to in 2019 (Infographic)

by Kevin George in Lead Generation email design trends

Email marketing has fostered several different trends like dynamic content, gamification, typography, and rich media in emails the past few years. It is the one communication vehicle that has maintained its effectiveness in the digital world. It bears a huge scope of innovation and email marketers can expect it to evolve further in 2019 and beyond.

Today we look to our friends at Email Uplers who explain their top five email design trends.

Email design trends to put into practice for better engagement


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2. Intelligent design

Emails have transcended to be mailable microsites from static text-based messages, which allow subscribers to take action right within the inbox. With the advent of mailable microsites, it has become possible to watch videos, browse through diverse products and complete the purchase without going to the website or post-click landing page.

Here are two main aspects of intelligent design:

  • Kinetic designs
    Subscribers will receive more informative emails as kinetic emails will advance further from the simple hover and click technology, thereby continuing the legacy of mailable microsites.
  • Accessibility in emails
    With accessibility, email marketers can remove the barriers for subscribers so that everyone, including individuals with special needs or visual, cognitive and neurological disability, can read your emails and absorb the message.

3. Defamiliarizing the email personality

Emails usually include a header image, succinct email copy, and relevant imagery. In 2019, though, asymmetrical layout and broken grids will grow in importance. Website designs have increasingly leveraged both and they will get popular even in emails. Take a look at the example below, and see how it breaks the monotony of the column-based layout by adding a surprise element:

email design trends Levis

4. 3D images and custom illustrations

To enhance emails’ visual impact, email designers will utilize 3D images and custom illustrations. According to a 2018 study by Venngage, custom illustrations drive the highest engagement across marketing channels:

email design trends visual format

These visual elements are more likely to draw the subscriber’s attention by instilling a unique personality in the emails. Here’s an email example to inspire you:

email design trends Salesforce

5. Live social media feed

Imagine having a social media feed right in the email, so that you don’t have to exit the email to view the conversation. Live social media feeds will emerge that allow email marketers to showcase their social posts in the email message. Your subscribers are sure to appreciate this novel approach to create interactive emails.

Litmus noticed a greater number of visitors on their website by implementing live Twitter feed in their email, leading to a huge buzz on the channel:

email design trends social media feed

The 2019 email design trends infographic

Check out the infographic below on 2019 email design trends for more details.

email design trends infographic

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Staying up to date with email design trends is important, no doubt. But when a prospect clicks through the email, where do they land? A generalized offer, or a personalized experience designed specifically for them?

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Kevin George

by Kevin George

Kevin is the Head of Marketing at Email Uplers, one of the largest email marketing agencies, which specializes in converting PSD to HTML email templates. He loves gadgets, bikes, jazz, and breathes ‘email marketing’. He is a brand magician who loves to engage and share insights with fellow marketers. Feel free to connect with him on Twitter @imkevin_monk.

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