Inboxes are flooded with spam and alerts and other messages, so advertisers need to do everything possible to keep the reader’s focus on the message. The type of font that they select can have as much impact as images or other media, so becoming familiar with your options is helpful.
Basic fonts come in two main varieties: serif and sans serif. “Serif” stems from the Dutch word for “strokes”, and there are plenty of extra strokes on serif fonts. Some serif fonts have feet at the base, others have flourishes rounding out from corners, and some have both as well as little dashes stuck at random throughout the letters. Serif fonts usually have a more formal and fancy feel to the more laid back sans serif fonts.
The most basic of the basic fonts are the monospaced or fixed width fonts. These have standardized spacing between each character, which is useful for aligning text and conveying technical expertise.
Selecting Fonts for Emails
Straying further, there are fonts with plenty of character whose use should be carefully weighed. Block letters or calligraphy say a lot with just the shape of the symbols, but you can’t just swap the two in the same email. If an untrained eye can tell it apart from other fonts at a glance, then exercise caution and try to limit the font to headers and titles.