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Designers When it's your working version and you just want some text in there to visualise the overall page balance, and you'll only share it with other designers, then using Lorum ipsum should probably be fine. End users For end users, I would suggest using some other real example text. Yes, you'd have to localise this, but it's quite easy to simply ...


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Font and layout is exactly what Lorem Ipsum is designed to do. It has been used by type setters and printers since the 1500s. The idea is that by not having real words the users focus on the layout. It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout. The point of using Lorem Ipsum is ...


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Generally it's not a great idea to present 'dense' 3D data. But let's say this really needs to be done. In this case the dimensions you're trying to present are: Skillset (30+ categories) x Competence (4 categories including none) x Capacity (TBD). The skillset category makes the data dense. So with respect to the other answerer, a spider chart will ...


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If the goal is to provide a short text sample for the style then use a pangram like "A quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog". This will show how each letter is rendered.


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Consider the following: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups Bullet graphs provide a condense and clear way of comparing data when you have a list of skills where you need to compare between "target" and "actual". The 100% line makes it very easy to tell whether you have enough resources or not. There's also no need ...


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While it can be computationaly and mathematically complex, the concept of heat maps can help you out here. The point of a heat map is you add a third dimension to a 2 dimensional plot not by actually having an additional axis, but by using color. For example, your X axis could be "employees", your Y axis could be "project", and time could be represented by ...


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If the text preferences are important, you should not use example text in a different (which includes fictive) language. Languages have different characteristics, and what looks fine for a paragraph of "Lorem ipsum …" is not necessarily ideal for text in other languages. So you should show text in the language the user is setting the preferences for. You ...


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Tackling the competency and capacity in a single visualization may be a tall order, but I think a spider/radar graph is a good, tested solution for visualizing competency. http://www.one45.com/wordpress/assets/Best-practices-competency-spider-graphs-radar-plots.pdf As the above link mentions, this representation is best for quickly communicating skill ...


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Choose a text generator that suits your domain and use it instead. Lorem ain't good for layout/typography, it was never meant to (see other answers for why it's not, unless you are in a real printing business, Gutenberg&co-style). If you're after font/typography, use a pangram for the language you are after (hello localization!), like @ratchetfreak said ...


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Here is another option that might work depending on the situation. It has the added benefit of not needing to be localized into different languages... credit: Facebook placeholder loading card


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In my experience, Lorem Ipsum is beloved of typography fans, and unknown to the common man - aka, the client. So, if you want to avoid a discussion with the client about why the text is garbled, and why you selected this placeholder text rather than some text saying "this is placeholder text" and then properly exercising as many code points and ligatures as ...


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While »Lorem Ipsum« is great for the early design stage it is nearly always worth to change the blind text to localized dummy text (Yes, this is additional work which seems not necessarily needed. But it shows you're paying attention to details.) The trick is to use text which looks like a normal reading text – this is very important! While most people ...


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Why waste the opportunity to promote your clients, company, or products? I realize you're trying to give them something without meaning so they won't focus on the words, but if you give them the same positive words about your product every time, they will read the message once then quickly overlook it from that point forward. "You are a balanced and wise ...


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I think there's a lot of confusion as to what Lorem Ipsum is and what it's really designed for in these answers. In general, Lorem Ipsum is a way to fully flesh out a text-heavy page layout when the real content isn't ready yet. Most graphic designers and ad agency folks will understand this, but few others do (nor should that, as it's really just a bit of ...


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You are using this on a mobile application where the screen is small. Why not try the shorter phrase? The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog This has the advantage of showing all letters on screen in a concise manner. I spent a few seconds on a search engine and found http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mgk25/ucs/examples/quickbrown.txt. So as you can see it ...


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Most users can relate to digital media Sometimes I convert the cost of various items into NetFlix subscriptions to emphasize how much my wife doesn't need that new pair of shoes costing the same as 14 months of NetFlix. Most users are aware of how much media they consume on their phone which is good since this also happens to be the main thing taking up ...


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I assume there are IMHO two possible tools to develop to make your users' life easier. Note that in both cases, it would probably make you work more with your users, to fit as close as possible to their needs. Develop a feature that would format those sensitive data while exported : this means that the report has to be modified, identifying each column to ...


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Redesign the connector The obvious, answer if you had the option would be to design the plug so that either: the orientation doesn't matter it's clear which orientation must be used Modify the housing If this isn't an option, the next best thing would be to make a modified cover which forces a given alignment. This is could be done by selecting an ...


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There was a similar question posted a little bit back about visualization combinations (see Best visualization for combinations). In addition to the heat map posted above you also have a couple other choices which are similar but distinct. Contour Plot A contour plot is very similar to a heat map except that it displays the boundary of the regions. There ...


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Just look at how weight loss apps are doing it - usually using a line graph where the target area is marked:



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