Lorem Ipsum – A Web Publishers Tool!

| June 26, 2013 | 1 Comment

Lorem Ipsum – Say what now? (Part 1)

My clients often ask me… “Why did you put strange Latin text…” on the web design mockup I just sent them?  “Well, Good Question!” I tell them and then I explain that it’s actually a publishing tool that web developers and graphic designers use called Lorem Ipsum.

Lorem Ipsum is used as dummy text (if you will) for filler on a graphic design to visually show where actual content will go eventually in its place – opposed to using “Text Here” or “Content Here” which visually does nothing for the eye.  We all know when first dealing with a new prospective client, you don’t always receive the actual content for a project until a design has been agreed upon.  That’s where Lorem Ipsum comes in handy, because it can be quickly generated to suit any length of text necessary that you may need for any design.

Lorem Ipsum content example generated online www.redashes.com

Horrible example of demonstrating content on a page to a potential client!

Great example of Lorem Ipsum content being used!

Great example of Lorem Ipsum content being used!

Where does Lorem Ipsum come from?

Lorem Ipsum has actually been used as dummy/filler text in the print industry since the 1500s.  Lorem Ipsum may look random, but technically speaking it’s not. My client was on to something when he asked why I wrote “strange Latin” in my mockup and that’s because it has roots in a piece of classical literature written in Latin from around 45 BC.  That would make it 2000+ years old!

Now that’s incredible!

How to Generate Lorem Ipsum text?

There are many Lorem Ipsum generators online that you can find easily if you search the internet. The site I like to use is www.lipsum.com.  On www.lipsum.com you can generate Lorem Ipsum by paragraph, by words, by bytes, or by bullet points/lists. Which is pretty much everything you’ll ever need. However, as an added bonus www.lipsum.com will even allow you to even generate mockups of different Lorem Ipsum banner sizes.  You can choose from 3 different types of colours, ranging in the entire industry standard for banner sizes.  These are perfect for any web project one may have, and generating content this way saves time on your part.  It will also make your design proposals look as they should by visually communicating how a client’s site should look with actual content.  Instead of making your clients guess for themselves where text will be written or banners will be placed.

www.lipsum.com also has quick and easy to use plugins available for a range of other tools.

Download all industry banner sizes from www.lipsum.com.

Lorem Ipsum Banner Black 486×60 Example

Download all industry banner sizes from www.lipsum.com

Lorem Ipsum Banner Grey 486×60 Example

Download all industry banner sizes from www.lipsum.com

Lorem Ipsum Banner White 486×60 Example

Lorem Ipsum Recap!

Utilize the Lorem Ipsum generator as a web tool to quickly place filler text on important graphic design / publishing projects that need to be visually accurate, literary down to a “T”.

URL: www.lipsum.com
(Lorem Ipsum Text Generator, Lorem Ipsum Banner Generator, Lorem Ipsum Browser Plugin / Add-ons)

URL: www.lipsum.com/banners.zip | www.lipsum.com/banners.tar.gz
(Download ALL Lorem Ipsum example banners directly from their website)

URL: View All Banner Sizes
(To view all banner sizes from lipsum.com simply click here, all banners are made available for download at the bottom of their website)

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