Dummy Text Isn’t Just For Designers

If you’re a client of ours, or you’re working with a designer and you haven’t submitted any copy to them for an upcoming design project, there’s a pretty good chance that the project will come back to you for revision stuffed with dummy text.

We love dummy text, as it fills out a design prior to getting the final copy from a client.Whether you’re a designer or not, dummy text can be helpful when you’re putting together documents with missing sections, email campaigns in progress or other design pieces that you don’t need a designer for. It’s also a great way to determine how much text fits into an area before you compose the copy.

Most people like to write a random sentence and duplicate it over and over. Unfortunately this strategy tends to be a little distracting:

“Random text goes in this sentence here. Random text goes in this sentence here. Random text goes in this sentence here. Random text goes in this sentence here. Random text goes in this sentence here. Random text goes in this sentence here. Random text goes in this sentence here.

Thankfully there are plenty of alternatives. Since the early 1500′s the design industry has employed the use of several paragraphs of meaningless text called Lorem Ipsum. Looking very similar to Latin, Lorem Ipsum is a collection of meaningless words which believe it or not, is less distracting than plain English and allows the reader to focus solely on the flow of the design.  Lorem ipsum looks like this:

“Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.”

Obviously we’re not using Latin on a day-to-day basis any more so with the invent of internet came a whole host of other text generators which allow you to generate good old Lorem Ipsum or work with some fun and fresh new text.

Here are some of our favourites:

Lorem Ipsum Generator
Sometimes you just need some good old, Lorem Ipsum and this site has plenty. You can also specify the exact number of words and paragraphs to generate.

Blind Text Generator
With 10 different types of dummy text to choose from Blind Text Generator makes it easy to just click and generate the needed text for your composition.

Random Text Generator
Wow your readers with the ability to generate text in up to 15 languages.

Fun Ipsum Variations

If you’re looking to have some fun, or just want to see if your proofreader is paying attention, why not try one of these fun generators based on Lorem Ipsum:

Gangsta Ipsum: This is Lorem Ipsum with an urban flare – to give your designs that much needed izzle to the hizzle.

TV Ipsum: With a huge compilation of theme song lyrics and popular phrases of some classic TV programs, TV ipsum is sure to appeal to the TV buff reader.

Bacon Ipsum: Scare off your vegetarian readers with this generator which serves up a juicy side of meat-related words.

Posted on: March 27th, 2012 by QT Web Designs No Comments
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