A Typographic Approach to Email

I’m generally mildly skeptical of unsolicited redesigns: they generally tend to overemphasize visual appeal and gloss over the often hidden complexity accounted for in existing systems and approaches.

That being said, I rather like 1910’s typographic approach to redesigning e-mail clients:

They illustrate their process nicely and the resulting design not only looks like it would be right at home on Windows 8 or iOS 7, it also looks better than what Microsoft and Apple are providing there now.

If you like this concept, you might also appreciate their Readable Wikipedia project.