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Design System

Thoughtful, detailed guidelines that enable teams to confidently design delightful experiences.

Carbon in nature allows for complex structures to be made from simpler compounds. The Carbon Design System is a series of individual styles and components, that when combined make beautifully complex, natural, and intuitive designs. These designs are automatically systemic and logical, as they all follow the same universal principles. Carbon is constantly evolving and growing as we learn from our users, and most importantly, from you.


Consider elements as the deepest level of the Design System. These are very specific UI elements and patterns that make up a larger experience, such as buttons, links, and checkboxes.


Certain elements are combined and reused based on the experience or the context. Components are composed of one or more elements, such as tables, cards, and activity logs.


Templates provide a base structure for specific overviews built within Bluemix. Use these as a starting point and foundation for your design to be built around.



The Design Kit consists of core visual styles and patterns that are influenced by our users. It contains everything a designer needs to get started building an experience that contributes to our platform.

Design Kit


The Component Library gives developers (FEDs & Engineers) a collection of re-usable HTML and Sass partials they can use for building websites and user interfaces for Bluemix.

Component Library

IBM Design Language

At IBM Design, we believe the experiences we design should communicate the same brand promise. Carbon uses the IBM Design Language as our guiding principle. These core values remind us to design for an outcome and be authentically thoughtful.

IBM Design Language