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Lorem Ipsum

When creating wireframes, print or web designs, designers often use Lorem Ipsum, a specific type of modified Latin text, as a placeholder for where text will go.

When creating wireframes, print or web designs, designers often use Lorem Ipsum, a specific type of modified Latin text, as a placeholder for where text will go.

Lorem Ipsum has been used by designers and printers since the 1500s. Although the text resembles Latin and is based on a work of Cicero, it is intentionally modified and remixed to be nonsensical. The idea here is that by using a nonsense text, none of the focus will go to the meaning of the content, and instead, all attention is focused on the visual design.

Many web designers borrow their Lorem Ipsum text from Lipsum, a website dedicated to the history of Lorem Ipsum text. If you have a Mac, we recommend that you download Little Ipsum. This speedy app lets you pick up a few words, sentences, or paragraphs of Lorem Ipsum text, using their handy drop-down menu in your Apple top menu toolbar.

In recent years, clever designers have created a whole host of Lorem Ipsum variations. We are partial to Hipster Ipsum, so much mcsweeney’s polaroid cray authentic locavore brunch fanny pack 8-bit swag!

Skillcrushers Fanny Krebs and Amanda Dean had these yummy and exotic Lorem Ipsum suggestions:

Fanny Krebs ‏
I like http://cupcakeipsum.com/ but it makes me hungry

Amanda Dean
My favourite is Melbourne Ipsum http://www.melbourneipsum.com.au/  – all about my wonderful city!

But beware! Make sure that whatever flavor of Lorem Ipsum you prefer is truly nonsensical. There is nothing that will deflate your sails faster than an client hung up on why your design for their news website is filled with descriptions of cupcakes.

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