07. Resources: Lorem Ipsum

Currently working on a project at work and was given the vague instruction of writing a descriptive paragraph for the event I was designing for. An event I didn’t even know existed before yesterday. An event I know absolutely zilch about. So I resorted to filler text, or some Lorem Lipsum, at least for the time being.

Of course I am a newbie at the whole InDesign thing and totally did not realize that there was a way (an incredibly easy way) to add placeholder text in the software. So I searched for a generator and came across lipsum.com. They had this great introduction to Lorem Ipsum and I realized that I had NO idea what this text was, I always thought it was gibberish, and was completely interested in the history behind it.

So basically Lorem Ipsum is a collection of filler text that has been used in the printing and typesetting industries for HUNDREDS of years, since 1500 actually. It was popularized in modern industries such as computer and design in both the 1960s and 1980s. The MOST interesting thing though about Lorem Ipsum is that although it looks entirely random, it isn’t. It is actually based on a piece of Latin literature from 45 BC. It comes from a book on the theory of ethics called “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum” by Cicero. It is from the sections 1.10.32-3 and a passage that begins: Neque porro quisquam est qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet consectetur adipisci velit. You can see the Lorem Ipsum bolded in the sentence. The translation is: Neither is there anyone who loves, pursues or desires pain itself because it is pain.

Lorem Ipsum is simply a jumble of Latin originally created by some unknown printer from way back in the day, who scrambled up letters and type to create a specimen book. Somehow and amazingly it has survived FIVE centuries to still be a rather large part of design today in terms of model text.







P.S. If you’re like me and still an amateur at InDesign, you can find the option to insert placeholder type (not quite Lorem Ipsum but very similar) by clicking on Type and then scrolling to the bottom of the drop down menu and clicking on “Fill with Placeholder Text”.


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