Lorem Ipsum say what?

When website designers create rough designs of websites to show clients the design they’ve come up with, they often use Lorem Ipsum text instead of  actual content text. Alot of people get confused as to what language its in and it sometimes scares people, so I figured I’d put up a post about what it is and why designers use it.

Here is a description of what Lorem Ipsum is from Lipsum.com:

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry’s standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.

So to clarify, its not a language, its really just scrambled up text.

And why do we use this? Lipsum.com again describes this better than I can, so here’s what they say:

It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout. The point of using Lorem Ipsum is that it has a more-or-less normal distribution of letters, as opposed to using ‘Content here, content here’, making it look like readable English. Many desktop publishing packages and web page editors now use Lorem Ipsum as their default model text, and a search for ‘lorem ipsum’ will uncover many web sites still in their infancy. Various versions have evolved over the years, sometimes by accident, sometimes on purpose (injected humour and the like).

So in other words, Lorem Ipsum type text is used in order to try not to distract you from the actual design. Of course that sometimes backfires and the only things clients have to say about rough draft designs are “What the hell does that say?!”.. lol Can’t please them all, but if you ever get a rough design that has this type of dummy text, you’ll now know what it is and why us crazy website designers use it. We’re not trying to mess with your minds or speak in tongues, we’re simply trying to get you to focus on the overall design rather than the actual content within the design.

If you have any questions, please feel free to comment at http://facebook.com/stephboreldesign, i promise i wont respond in Lorem Ipsum ;)

 

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