Design Tip: Generating Quick Filler Text and Images

In creating a new journalism project, you often need dummy text and images to get started on your design. Here’s a step-by-step guide to generating that filler material quickly, easily and for free. In addition to the services detailed below, sites like placekitten also provide similar services. Here’s a list of eight similar placeholder services for those interested in exploring further.

Generating Dummy Text for a Journalism Project

Lorem Ipsum – Lipsum generator

When you’re developing a new project you often need filler text to work on design elements. Lorem Ipsum is dummy text that helps with that. Numerous several sites have cropped up to make the process of generating dummy text as simple as possible. One that I’ve used, lipsum.com, shown here, lets you customize how many paragraphs of text you want, or how many words, bytes or lists. It then generates that text automatically at the click of a button. The resulting dummy text is shown in the next step.

Lorem Ipsum - All the facts - Lipsum generator

This is the dummy text automatically generated by lipsum.com when I requested 2 paragraphs worth of filler text in the step above.

Lorem Ipsum - All the facts - Lipsum generator

Lorempixel – placeholder images

Sometimes you need filler images, rather than filler text. Lorempixel.com helps with that. You can select any size using the Placeholder Generator tool on the lorempixel.com home page. Or you can simply use the appropriate URL. For example, for a standard 400 x 200 sports filler image, you can use the URL: http://lorempixel.com/400/200/sports as noted below in the highlighted section of the screengrab image.

lorempixel - placeholder images for every case

Here’s what the generated dummy image looks like.

lorempixel - placeholder images

The images are all available for layout purposes with Creative Commons licenses. For using the images beyond layout purposes, you can explore the specific Creative Commons license for any image by clicking on the Creative Commons link on the site (highlighted in the step below).

lorempixel - placeholder images

Creative Commons images

Click the Creative Commons link shown below to determine the licensing permissions for any particular dummy image on the site.

Creative Commons images

Dummy Banners

For dummy banners, visit lipsum.com/banners

Dummy Banners

Bacon Ipsum | A Meatier Lorem Ipsum Generator

For sillier dummy text with a bacon theme, visit http://baconipsum.com/

Bacon Ipsum | A Meatier Lorem Ipsum Generator

Here’s the text that results from a request for three paragraphs of bacon ipsum text.

Bacon Ipsum | A Meatier Lorem Ipsum Generator

– by Jeremy Caplan


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