Carbon for IBM Security

We are the IBM Security Design team. We specialize in designing software that helps our customers tackle the world’s most dangerous cybersecurity incidents.

Jen Downs
Jen Downs
Aug 20 · 2 min read

Every 39 seconds, a hacker attacks a vulnerable system. Dealing with persistent cybersecurity threats can be overwhelming for anyone trying to keep their business and clients safe. To make matters worse, security software is typically complex and hard to use.

At IBM Security, we strive to make security easier by designing and building intuitive user experiences so you can deal with these threats and get back to business.

Today, we are proud to share our work and announce the official release of Carbon for IBM Security, an open-source Carbon experience framework maintained by the IBM Security Design team.

Introducing Carbon for IBM Security

After over 330 internal releases, IBM Security is excited to open-source a number of our unique UI experiences and reusable components that are part of our existing suite of cybersecurity products.

With the Carbon Design System and IBM Design Language as its foundation, our library leverages design fundamentals and core components and extends Carbon with Security-specific patterns to streamline the developer experience.

We are also proud to have built our framework with accessibility in mind from the beginning, with high standards and rigorous testing. We believe in human-centered and inclusive design, and we continually strive to ensure that our library can be used by everyone.

Start using Carbon for IBM Security

If you’re new, we recommend reviewing our getting started guide. It has tools, guidance, and resources to help you get started with Carbon for IBM Security today.

What’s next

We have a number of exciting things planned! Stay tuned as we continue to build out the designer and developer experience with comprehensive guidance and design resources.

We want (need) your feedback

Building this framework wouldn’t be possible without your contributions. If you run into any issues or have feedback for us, please create an issue or submit a pull request on GitHub, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Thanks to Haidy Francis, Peter Vachon, Cameron Calder, Simon Finney, Ploy Buraparate, Derrick Ligon, Jimmy Dyer, Diego Hernandez, Jimmy Loughran, Dominik Brugger, and Josh Black for making this all possible.


Carbon is the design system for IBM software products. It is a series of individual styles, components, and guidelines used for creating unified UI.

Jen Downs

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Jen Downs

⚡️ front end developer @ibmsecurity ⚡️


Carbon is the design system for IBM software products. It is a series of individual styles, components, and guidelines used for creating unified UI.

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