The Perfect Email Signature

Recently email signatures have caught my eye; most signatures are too long, ugly, and extraneously verbose.

To create the perfect signature:

  1. Create the signature text on one line with multiple sections. Use a bold, lowercase, one-letter descriptor for each section and a vertical bar separator between sections. For example, “Joel Leichty | t @joelleichty | …”.
  2. Use a smaller font size than your normal email text – nine or ten is good.
  3. After creating the text, modify the signature using an HTML editor.
  4. In the HTML editor, add the “<hr>” tag before the signature line, which will insert a scalable horizontal line.
  5. Also in the HTML editor, insert the non-breaking space character between the one-letter descriptor and the text. Instead of a space, use the character code “&nbsp;”. For example, “<b>n</b>&nbsp;Joel&nbsp;Leichty&nbsp;| “. Adding this special character keeps the signature organized when displayed on different screen sizes.

Do you have an even more perfect email signature? Let me know in the comments.

Joel Leichty | | @joelleichty | p 574.555.1212

P.S. That’s not my real phone number.

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