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What Does 'Lorem Ipsum' Mean in Graphic Design?

What Does 'Lorem Ipsum' Mean in Graphic Design?
Have you noticed the gibberish text on many design templates and wondered, what it stood for or if it ever had any meaning? Let us unravel the mystery of the text 'Lorem Ipsum' and its meaning and purpose in graphic design.
Mary Anthony
Last Updated: Oct 31, 2018
'Lorem Ipsum' was introduced to the New Digital Age through Aldus Corporation in the 1980s. The company developed the older typography of Lorem Ipsum to be used in PageMaker's (desktop publishing program) graphics and word processing templates.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua, must be very familiar to all who see this text appearing on most of the publishing websites and graphic design templates.
Used by the Desktop Publishing industry as a dummy or replacement text on the unavailability of the real text, Lorem Ipsum can be defined as: 'A placeholder text used to visually enhance the graphic aesthetics of a document where actual text will eventually be.'
It also has various other terms such as blind text, dummy text, Greeked text, placeholder text, mock content, and filler text. Going by the graphic design standards, one can say that the emphasis is on the style and not the meaning of the text, but it does have a very interesting origin and significance. 

Let's take a look at it.
Origin and History
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Cicero was a famous ancient Roman linguist, translator, and philosopher. His literary works were influenced by his profound knowledge of Latin that he instituted the Romans with Greek philosophy and developed a Latin philosophical vocabulary.
In 45 BC, he wrote ''de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum'' (The Extremes of Good and Evil). In this classic literature, the sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 have the standard chunk of Lorem Ipsum; this whole text is around 2000 years old.
This text was later discovered and translated to English by Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia in 1914. Lorem Ipsum literally means 'Pain Itself', in Latin dolorem = pain, misery, suffering and ipsum = itself.
Latin Text
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.
English Translation
Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure.
To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?
Use in Graphic Design
In the late 1500s, an unknown printer scrambled the Latin passage and introduced it to make a type specimen book. From then on, it gained immense popularity. 1960s saw it being introduced as dummy text on Letraset sheets, and later, in the desktop publishing software, Aldus PageMaker.
When a graphic designer creates a graphic layout, he inserts the Latin dummy text because the real text is not available, thus, making it visually appealing to the client. The sole purpose of using 'Lorem Ipsum' is that it has a flow of letters as opposed to just putting unprofessional shabby text like 'Content here, content here' in the graphic layout.
Even though, it has the semblance of Latin passage, the idea is to highlight the design aesthetics and not the meaning of the text.
This Latin passage has survived five centuries, and even in the present technological age, it is very popular as websites allow the user to generate the default Lorem Ipsum text. Through these online Lorem Ipsum Generating tools, a user can create the exact amount of Lorem Ipsum text as per his/her requirement.