The Two Studio’s Top 20 Christmas Movies

The Two Studio’s Top 20 Christmas Movies

Christmas signifies a special time of year for all creatives… It’s a chance to take our wonderfully minimalist and considered home environments that we lovingly sculpt for 335 days of the year, and fill them with the brightly coloured tat and chintz that would only normally be reserved for a bar in Shoreditch, leaving us for the month of December with a warm, happy feeling inside usually only experienced with a healthy serving of Ready Brek… The Christmas movie plays a big part in the…

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In space no one can hear you scream: An Email Tribute to ALIEN

In space no one can hear you scream: An Email Tribute to ALIEN

  Hello! This is a rough write-up (apologies for grammar and spelling, it’s really not my strength in case you hadn’t figured that out already. As usual I am rushing through it). If anything doesn’t make any sense get in touch, and any code you can grab from the builder link at the bottom of the blog. So I made this Before I go on – please be aware if you do look at the link do so in Chrome…

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Can you put a hedgehog in an email?

Can you put a hedgehog in an email?

Taking the classic question all email geeks will be familiar with. “Can I put a video in an email?”, I decided to replace the word ‘video’ with first word that sprung to mind at that moment, ‘hedgehog’. (That is not true) *I feel at this point I should point out that this is purely an experiment and not a real email, this is all part of personal research project, I’ll be receiving no financial recompense. It’s just for me and the #emailgeeks.*…

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The Interactive Christmas Tree

The Interactive Christmas Tree

Firstly, to give you some background of how this came about, in-short, I was actually thinking about an email that I could make that my daughter (Poppy) would interact with and enjoy. Poppy is almost 5 and has no real concept of what email is, or what I do do for living and I wanted to make something that she would be interested in. I also thought if I can interest her, then perhaps it might give me some more insights…

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Backgrounds for email: Part 3 – Vector Markup Language (VML)

Backgrounds for email: Part 3 – Vector Markup Language (VML)

There are a lot of things you can do with VML, like word art, shapes and all sorts of things, but unless you’re doing something really quirky just for those Outlooks, and unless you have a lot of spare time, then why would you? I’ve covered off sections relating to VML Considerations in part 1 and part 2, but this was related to background images. In part 3 I want to highlight an alternative by looking creating VML gradients. Why would you bother? Recently…

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Background Images: Part 2 – Full Bleed Emails, VML, and OWA

Background Images: Part 2 – Full Bleed Emails, VML, and OWA

Following on from Part 1 of my blog post on background images, part 2 focusses largely on the considerations behind full-bleed backgrounds, and just finishing on a couple of other frustrations with VML and OWA you might want to be aware of. Full Bleed Backgrounds A simple method for adding more texture and depth to your designs, and break-away from the usual containers is to use a background image that spans the entire space of the viewing pane. I explained at #LitmusLive that my key considerations…

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Litmus Announces Microsoft Partnership

Litmus Announces Microsoft Partnership

Last night during Boston’s Email Design Conference, it was announced that Litmus and Microsoft are going to team up to make email better. Caitlin Hart, Program Manager at Microsoft was welcomed onto the stage by Kevin Mandeville and Justine Jordan who then described the long term plan for the partnership with Litmus. Every email developer out there knows that Outlook is the biggest of many bug bears when it comes to email development due to the myriad of versions and…

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Background Images: Part 1 – Content Images as background.

Background Images: Part 1 – Content Images as background.

To follow-on from my talk at ‘The Litmus Email Design Conference 2016’ (#litmuslive) I’ll be doing a series of blog posts covering background images. They’ll feature key design considerations, prevent time consuming frustrations, some simple code solutions and some additional ideas for things like progressive enhancement. Increase your Design Opportunities. Background Images in email have a mixed reputation. Depending on your experience and approach, they can be a pain to work with, and many people find them too time-consuming, add too…

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