Beyond Lorem Ipsum: Craft the Perfect Placeholder Text with Google Gemini

Leon Nicholls
6 min readApr 22, 2024

Ready to ditch the robotic blah-blah-blah of generic filler text? Imagine this: Your new website design sings with realistic placeholder content instead of robotic filler text. Your new app handles even the weirdest test data without breaking a sweat.

This, my friend, is the power of Google Gemini unleashed! It’s more than just a fancy word generator; with the right prompts, Gemini becomes your all-in-one creative sidekick. Whether you’re a designer, a developer, a writer, or simply someone with a wild imagination, this blog post is your key to unlocking Gemini’s full potential.

Note: This article spotlights techniques for the Google Gemini Advanced chatbot (a paid service). While these concepts also apply to the free version, we’ll focus on the enhanced capabilities offered by the Advanced subscription.

Beyond Lorem Ipsum: Why Craft Your Filler Text

We’ve all been there: scrambling to fill website mockups or needing dummy data for testing. Sure, “Lorem Ipsum” gets the job done in a pinch, but let’s be honest — it’s about as exciting as watching paint dry. Here’s why ditching generic filler text and generating your own is a game-changer:

  • Precision is Everything: Let’s use a fitness tracker example. “Lorem Ipsum” is…vague. But a prompt like “Write a short product description highlighting the sleek design and heart-rate monitoring features of a new fitness tracker” paints a clear picture. Now, you’re testing your design with relevant content.
  • Targeted Testing Unlocks Bugs: Need to see how your code reacts to weird user input? Generic text won’t expose those edge cases that break your forms or database. Custom prompts that include strange formatting, long strings, and typos help you find and fix potential bugs before they cause headaches for real users. Prompt Gemini with “Help me generate test data filled with typos and missing parts for 20 people: First name, Last name, address.” — that’ll test your error handling!
  • Impact on User Experience: Generic text needs to tell you how your design will handle real-world content. Will your layout break with long headlines? Can users easily scan product descriptions? Custom prompts that mimic the content you’ll eventually have let you address potential UX issues early on.
  • Design Decisions with Confidence: Should that image be above or below the text? Should you use a two-column or a three-column layout? Seeing mockups with placeholder text closer to your project’s reality helps you visualize the result and make informed design choices.

Quick Tip: Think of this as a creative investment! More precise prompts streamline your whole process.

Gemini, the Design & Dev Sidekick

Gemini will become your new best friend if you build websites, apps, or anything digital. Let’s see how those creative prompts can streamline your workflow:

Is this for serious tech stuff? Think again! These same principles apply whether you’re building the next big e-commerce platform or just need a snazzy landing page for your cat’s birthday party.

Unleash Your Inner Creative Genius

Do you need a splash of personality or content that’s…out there? Gemini’s ready for the challenge!

Leveling Up — Crafting Complex Prompts

Sometimes, simple prompts and random text are all you need. However, Gemini can understand more intricate instructions when you want highly customized results. Here’s how to unlock that power:

  • Combine Your Needs: Do you need product-focused text that sounds vaguely like marketing copy? Layer those aspects! Try, “Write a product description with a persuasive tone, focusing on the features of a portable wireless speaker.” Gemini will blend those concepts.
  • Get Specific with Numbers: Instead of saying, “Include statistics,” tell Gemini what to generate. Something like, “Include percentages between 20–45%, battery life measured in hours, and 3-digit product dimensions” gives Gemini a clear framework.
  • Control the Weirdness: Want unusual punctuation but not random? Try prompts like “Include some em dashes ( — ) and an ellipsis (…) for dramatic effect.” This way, you get the quirkiness without it being too distracting.

Example Prompt in Action

Let’s dissect a prompt to see those principles in action:

“Goal: Generate sample text for web design prototyping and testing.


- Focus on variety: Include diverse sentence structures, punctuation, numerical patterns (phone numbers, zip codes, dates, currency, etc.), and at least one URL (like [](

- Embrace the whimsical: Lightly sprinkle in unexpected punctuation (e.g., ~ ¿ ¡).

- Don’t sweat the meaning: The text should be nonsensical but hold the feel of natural language.

- Length: Aim for approximately 1000 characters split into roughly 4 paragraphs.”

This prompt is great because it:

  • Sets a clear goal for design (filler text) and development (testing).
  • Provides specifics: Unusual punctuation, URLs, types of numbers.

Leaves room for creative interpretation: “Whimsical” and “nonsensical” give Gemini freedom to be playful.

Let’s Get Practical: Tips & Tricks

So, ready to take Gemini for a spin? Here are some tips to get the most out of your prompts:

  • Start Simple, Iterate Fast: Begin with a basic idea of what you need, and see what Gemini gives you. Then, refine your prompt! Adding more detail, switching up the style, or asking for multiple variations.
  • Think Visually: Having a picture in mind helps! Describe the text you imagine on a screen or a product mockup.
  • Troubleshooting 101: Need to be more generic? Add specifics. Too factual? Inject some playful language. Gemini responds to your guidance.
  • Templates are Your Friend: Found a prompt that works well? Save it as a template! Tweak a few words and have custom text at lightning speed (see my article on prompt templates).
  • Don’t Expect Perfection: Gemini is a tool, not a magic wand. Always review and edit the output — that’s where you add your unique touch!


Ready to elevate your design and development game with Google Gemini’s text generation power? Remember, generic filler text is a missed opportunity. By crafting thoughtful prompts, you can tailor text to your exact needs. This will enhance mockups stress-test code, and even add a touch of personality to those placeholder sections.

In short, Gemini is a powerful tool, and it’s up to you to unleash its full potential. Let the experimentation begin!

Check out my reading list of other Google Gemini articles.

This post was created with the help of AI writing tools, carefully reviewed, and polished by the human author.