The Great Dummy Texts

The Modern Alternatives

Many modern alternatives often incorporate humor or other content that actually detracts from the primary purpose of filler text: to be unobtrusive, yet provide the feel, look, and texture of filler text.

use filler text that has been edited for length and format to match the characteristics of real content as closely as possible

To avoid creating a distraction, when starting a new design project, we always go back to one of the old mainstays: lorem ipsum or li Europan lingues.

Both have realistic-looking sentence structure and word shape, but are foreign languages that won’t create a distraction during a design review meeting.

Other Classic Dummy Texts

In addition to the well-known paragraph-length placeholder texts Lorem Ipsum, and Li Europan Lingues, there are several other filler texts.

ASDF

The first four letters of the QWERTY keyboard are often used as filler text when a full block of text is not needed.

ETAOIN SHRDLU

The twelve most common letters in the English language are another popular choice when a designer just needs a meaningless phrase to test our typography and layout.

Now is the Time…

This phrase originally appeared as a typing drill, and dates all the way back to 1889. If you’re looking for a short phrase to use as you work on typography and layout, this one has vintage appeal.

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party.