Creating a centered, responsive design without media queries
This was a technique discovered while we were working on Canvas. While it didn’t make it into the final product, we think it’s worth sharing anyway.
Getting responsive emails to look nice in the Gmail app is a never-ending challenge because of its infamous lack of support for media queries. I’ve previously blogged and written about ways to get a fluid email to look great in the app, but it comes at a design cost; you have to keep one column fairly narrow so that the other column will be wider than a mobile viewport and thus, when viewed on a mobile screen, take up 100% of the screen.