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Brian Thies

Professional Email Developer

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Brian Thies

About Me

I'm a freelance email developer working with digital marketing agencies to create professionally coded emails utilizing best practices and the latest coding techniques. As one of the top email devs in the world, I've coded over 14,000 emails over the past 17 years, with a 21 year background specializing in email marketing. My goal has always been to deliver the service of an in-house developer at a fraction of the cost.

In 2009, I discovered the Outlook VML background image solution that is now used throughout the email industry for bulletproof backgrounds and buttons. I was the first Campaign Monitor Community Champion, and I've provided email consulting to several of the largest email service providers.

I currently reside in Valley City, Ohio, with my wife, two cats and a corgi named Guinness. My passions include my family, building computers, drag racing my GTO, going for long walks in nature, and, of course, creating the best emails for my clients.

Always coding. Always reliable.
Dreaming in pixels.

Email Services

Email Development

Converting designs into fully compatible HTML emails using the latest best practices for maximum support across all desktop and mobile email clients.

Mobile Optimization

Utilizing responsive and fluid coding methods to ensure proper display on all possible screen sizes and mobile apps.

Email Testing

Testing emails in desktop and mobile email clients using direct tests as well as the #1 email testing suite, Litmus.

ESP Integration

Adding the necessary template language to ensure full integration in ESP systems, including Marketo, MailChimp, Campaign Monitor, Veeva, Dotmailer, and many others.

Design Assistance

Working closely with art teams and designers to ensure layouts are coded exactly as intended, including on the fly adjustments as requested.


Providing direct communication on best practices, and general guidance for successful email campaign design & deployment methods.

Tools of the Trade

  • Full Adobe Suite
  • Litmus App
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Atlassian (Jira, Confluence, Trello)
  • Slack
  • Basecamp
  • Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, AppleMail
  • Chrome, FireFox, Edge and Safari
  • Various iPhone and Android devices

Client Design Files

  • Adobe XD
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Sketch
  • Figma
  • InVision
  • UXPin

Email Service Providers

  • Campaign Monitor
  • MailChimp
  • Veeva Systems
  • Marketo
  • Pardot
  • Dotmailer
  • Constant Contact
  • Taxi for Email
  • Many more!

Email News & Events

Oct 3rd, 2023 | Postmaster @ Yahoo & AOL
More Secure, Less Spam: Enforcing Email Standards for a Better Experience

We believe we can do even more to improve the quality of the emails our users receive as well as fight abuse and ultimately improve the experience for email users everywhere...
Read the details →

Litmus Events
Become a better Email Marketer at Litmus Live

With sessions on data-driven email design, campaign planning, cross-channel strategies, tools to automate email development, and more—there’s something for everyone. Litmus Live workshops and sessions are so valuable that 96% of attendees said they’d attend Litmus Live again, and 99% would recommend Litmus Live.
Upcoming events →

Oct 03, 2023 | Google Blog
New Gmail protections for a safer, less spammy inbox

Starting in 2024, Gmail will require bulk senders to authenticate their emails, allow for easy unsubscription and stay under a reported spam threshold.
See what's changing →

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