Web designers and developers of the world, listen up. Your clients don’t want jumbled Lorem Ipsum placeholder text – they want proper, meaningful sentences. Better still, they want the wise words from some of Hollywood’s finest.

This, at least, is according to the good folks behind Picksum Ipsum, a quirky Web app that offers up quotes from Morgan Freeman, Jim Carrey, Clint Eastwood and Michael Caine, instead of a meaningless malaise of text.

How it works

First up, pick your protagonist from the top of the page. It’s worth adding here there’s a little ‘Rumble’ feature that lets you put two of the actors up against each other.

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Indicate how many paragraphs of text you want and whether you’d like the HTML

tags or not.

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Then, you’re served up a page of text which you can simply copy/paste to your site. Here’s a sample of what Mr. Clint Eastwood has to say for himself, which seems to be very Dirty Harry-centric:

“This is my gun, Clyde! When a naked man’s chasing a woman through an alley with a butcher knife and a hard-on, I figure he’s not out collecting for the Red Cross. You want a guarantee, buy a toaster. Man’s gotta know his limitations. You see, in this world there’s two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig. Here. Put that in your report!” AND “I may have found a way out of here. Well, do you have anything to say for yourself? This is the AK-47 assault rifle, the preferred weapon of your enemy; and it makes a distinctive sound when fired at you, so remember it. don’t p!ss down my back and tell me it’s raining. Ever notice how sometimes you come across somebody you shouldn’t have F**ked with? Well, I’m that guy. What you have to ask yourself is, do I feel lucky. Well do ya’ punk? Are you feeling lucky punk.”

Picksum Ipsum is the handiwork of Adam Collins and Sam Colledge, designers and developers at UK-based agency Creare.

“Myself and Sam were getting more and more frustrated at having to use boring lorem ipsum as filler text on our homepage designs” says Collins.” So we have put together a movie alternative to lorem ipsum. It’s a great little tool and I am sure Web designers will love it.”

There’s no shortage of Lorem Ipsum alternatives, including Slipsum which is a Samuel L. Jackson-focused version that uses shall we say ‘colorful’ language. We also recently covered Lorempixel, which dynamically generates placeholder images.

But for movie fans, Picksum Ipsum is a fun and free addition.

Picksum Ipsum

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