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Campaign Monitor templates

28th October 2010

The folks down under at Campaign Monitor approached me and a number of other designers earlier this year with a special project in mind. The results finally launched last week, delivering a number of free templates for anyone to use.

Campaign Monitor Templates logo

Every template has been thoroughly tested in more than twenty popular email clients like Outlook 2010, Gmail, Lotus Notes, Apple Mail, the iPhone, and more. They’re ready to roll and are completely free. Included with every template is the Campaign Monitor template, the HTML template, and the original PSD.

Dozens of designs

Alongside my own efforts you’ll also find free templates from ace designers such as 45 Royale, Elliot Jay Stocks, Meagan Fisher, Metalab, Mike Kus, Newism, and Veerle Pieters. Blimey.

My templates

I absolutely loved this project, and despite the limitations of designing HTML newsletters, I found a lot of scope to be really creative with textures, type, and colour. I produced five different sets for the project, with names such as Misty Meadow, Retro Stripes, Old Ornament, and Harbour Coat.

Campaign Monitor Template

In a year where I broke away from my own company to focus on more challenging personal design projects, this was a real blast. I think, all in all, that the one above is my favourite of the set. It’s called Retro Green and I packed the thing with layers and tiny details.

Campaign Monitor Template

So, go take a look at the numerous free Campaign Monitor templates and give them a whirl. They’re robust, made with love, and might make that client request to create a new HTML template that little bit more bearable.

I know some of you hate the very idea of HTML newsletters, but do put your vitriol to one side for a moment. Many folks value services like Campaign Monitor immensely, and this project is a gift for them.


# John Faulds responded on 28th October 2010 with...

I think everyone who worked on the project did an outstanding job and should be thoroughly congratulated. :)

# Jon Moss responded on 28th October 2010 with...

I’m still looking through all of the templates - a superb resource and even more so being free.

Everyone involved should be very proud of the results! I especially like the texture in many of them and beautiful colour palettes.

Best wishes,


# Kirk responded on 28th October 2010 with...

It’s like a double rainbow of awesome.

# Matt Stapleford responded on 28th October 2010 with...

That is very cool that they work in over 20 email applications! Love the designs too. Agree with John, an outstanding job.

# Simon Hamp responded on 28th October 2010 with...

Cracking work Simon! So glad you agreed to be part of this amazing project. It’s brilliant that those of us who use Campaign Monitor can benefit from the experience and expertise of such good designers.

Thank you

# Simon responded on 28th October 2010 with...

Thank you - them’s some nice templates!

Both Campaign Monitor and HTML newsletters are important to many folks out there - I get requests for them frequently and clients value them highly as a highly-focused marketing tool.

Cheers Fella! Si

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