I have been thinking lately about the process for creating mockups and in particular, the data they display. I'm curious about whether the data should be more realistic or completely generic. Is one more effective than the other during client/stakeholders reviews? And so on...
I know you are all busy with work and life but if you can spare a moment and share your feedback regarding the questions below, I would be very appreciative.
When you are creating UX/UI design mockups (e.g. static wireframe print-outs, basic HTML webpages or highly interactive prototypes), do you use realistic, representative data or generic placeholder data (e.g. [Full Name Here] vs Jeremy Reinholm)? And why?
If you do use realistic data, do you make just one realistic sample and repeat it until you have enough to fill the space required in the UI? Or do you vary all of it so they look unique?
Are edge cases in your data important to you (e.g. long email addresses, phone numbers with international codes, etc)?