i'd love to know how people would also use this in their email workflows like Mandril (with data), Mailchimp, Hubspot, etc.
Yes! Case studies that walk us though how to best use Foundation for Emails 2 in specific apps and workflows would be amazing. +1 for Hubspot.
What makes this really useful is Zurb Stack. It's not perfect (it's set up to be a better fit for one-off emails than recurring templates) but I was up and running in a couple of minutes.
How do you think we could improve the tooling for recurring templates?
For example, we're interested in exploring server-side integrations. One of our developers is working on a Ruby port of Inky which could be imported into the Rails asset pipeline. You could probably hook the Node version of Inky into, say, an Express backend as well.
We would have to have our transactional emails built on-the-fly so that it could pull in user data from our back end after the user takes an action (ie., post a comment). Would that be possible with the stack?
The parser can be used standalone (see documentation here), so that's definitely possible. If your backend is Node powered, in theory you could run the Inky parser before you send an email. The tool is fairly new, though, so we don't have any examples of it in the wild.
We are looking at server-side integration, however. We're also developing a Ruby version of Inky internally, which we're going to then get working with the Rails asset pipeline.
I feel like a dick talking about it, but it's odd that only half of their images are available in hidpi, while the other half load a standard resolution.
It's also painfully obvious that they just used the Magic Wand selection tool in photoshop to get the Golden State logo instead of using this freely available .svg image.
And since we're talking about .svg images, that should be the first option for hidpi images.
All that said, I loved ink and their inliner, and will without a doubt incorporate this into my build process. And now they have templates for standard transactional emails? All day yes.
Unfortunately responsive emails are not working on the Gmail or Inbox apps. This is a terrible thing that Google should fix asap :(
Are there any live examples of foundation emails in the wild we can preview?
I mean, they link to their email tests in Litmus. That's pretty much "in the wild": https://litmus.com/checklist/emails/public/be834d0#ffgmailnew
Those just look like boilerplate code though. I'm talking real examples.
There's plenty of Foundation for Emails v1 out in the wild, but with the brand new release we haven't seen any yet! :) F4E 2 has been tested pretty thoroughly through Litmus, and we'll be sending one out today to our subscribers! You can sign up at the bottom of this blog post if you want to check it out: http://zurb.com/article/1431/email-hell-is-over-pain-free-html-emails-