That's interesting! Maybe that has been my issue.
How does that work with fluid layout elements if you're setting a min-width for each child element?
I'm putting the finishing touches on one of my own templates as we speak. One of the biggest issues that I ran into was Gmail App's insistence on breaking down the width of a layout, while keeping all of the type at a desktop scale. This presented a terrible reading experience for even the most basic layouts.
A few articles that I read suggested simply adding "min-width: 600px" as inline style on content containers; however, this still was not working. In the midst of one of my designs, I stumbled across a hack that forces Gmail App to render the layout like a perfectly scaled version of the desktop client. As soon as it's ready, I'll post a copy of my code.
You're a gentleman and a scholar sir! Lol that's more than all right.
Really enjoyed the examples you and Kevin have highlighted in the new podcast. It will be nice having a few more coming across my inbox.
Also, I definitely plan on submitting to your critique soon. Thanks for the help!
I was running into the same layout-scaling issue with Gmail App myself, while attempting to design a much simpler email. I managed to stumble onto a solution that forces the Gmail app to match the layout of the webmail view. The major drawback is that your text sizes are forced to scale down.
As soon as I can narrow down the specifics of how I got this to work, I'll post it to the discussion boards. However, it seems like the hack relies on two tables with width=100% style="min-width: [insert desired margin]" surrounding the body table.
Killer job on the image blocked view though!
I completed 4-years of architecture school before wandering into digital marketing. Right out of college, I knew I didn't want to practice architecture, got a job as a graphic designer for a small coupon agency. That first job led to my first experiences with HTML (mainly hacking at other contractor's designs). Shortly after, I began freelancing while I taught myself how to properly code HTML/CSS and work with content management.
One year later, I was recruited to be a digital marketing specialist for one of the largest book distributors (my job specialized in designing digital catalogs and landing pages). Two years after that, I was hired by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Assoc. as a Front-End Developer, but my job still resides very much in the digital marketing world. I'm currently coding new email templates and landing pages for the ministry. In all of my coding jobs, I'm really thankful for my architecture background that still shapes how I approach my design and development.