Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Lorem Ipsum & The Quick Brown Fox

To get a clear visual of how a font looks, use a pangram – a sentence that uses all the letters of the alphabet. A familiar pangram is “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” A pangram can be set alone or repeated to create a block of type.

For a large amount of text, use nonsense words or Latin to examine the weight and style of the font. This technique is known as greeking and is a good way to approximate the overall feel of the type. A common form of nonsense text is known as lorem ipsum. Here's the typical lorem ipsum paragraph.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

What placeholder text do you use so you can see how the text fits or how a document will look in a certain font?

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