IBM's Carbon Design System

5 years ago from , Senior Product Designer

Any one used IBM's carbon design system on a real world project? I'm about to start on something and wanted to know if others found it useful?


  • Andy MerskinAndy Merskin, 5 years ago

    (Link to IBM Carbon Design System site)

    Even though Carbon (and others like it) are open-source and open to the community for contributions, I'm curious about what people think about using them for non-IBM projects in this case? Would it diminish IBM's brand and experience in any way?

    I think the same argument could be made about Google Material, but I think that's a different animal since Google has provided it as a system mainly for companies and products with Android apps to adopt a consistent visual language, which has its benefits. That was its intention.

    I'm not so sure about IBM Carbon. Thoughts, anyone?

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    • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, 5 years ago

      i was pretty sure Carbon was for internal IBM use only, but the "Getting Started" stuff has me a bit confused. maybe this is for 3rd-party contractors?

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      • Andy MerskinAndy Merskin, 5 years ago

        I think you might be right. I've read more broadly about creating an ideal design system, and one of the major points is making them accessible to both internal and external teams, citing that requiring a login or adding any other obstacles is a huge drawback to garnering interest in using a design system.

        They're already fairly difficult for teams to adopt within companies with a less mature UX strategy, so making it easy to get to and use helps with that.

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  • Bill Addison, 5 years ago

    When they first released it I noticed layout discrepancies between browsers so I pretty much wrote it off immediately.

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