It’s hardly news that employees are inundated with too many emails. So it’s no wonder employees don’t pay attention to your emails, even when the content is important. How do you create messages that stand out from the crowd?

Start by making your emails more visual. By using less text and designing simple, scannable messages, you make it easier for employees to quickly get the point—and take appropriate action.

We know what you’re thinking: Design is difficult. You may not have a designer on staff and lack the budget to hire outside help. Have no fear! You can do it yourself, even if you have little or no design experience.

We’ll demonstrate; here are five do-it-yourself ways to make email more visual: