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This is the roadmap for the Carbon Design System, based on our planned design and development path. It is not a delivery commitment, and it is subject to change based on user needs and feedback.

Q4 2018

Inspiring visual design


  • Guidance on how to use the mini unit (mu). Make the mini unit a constant token.
  • Guidance on how to use a consistent scaling multiplier to size boxes.
  • Add support for 16-column grid.
  • Convert the Carbon Grid to 2mu gutter.


  • Show the core colors for use in a UI, with accessible interaction states.
  • Explain when I can open all the presets in the color palette.

Icons and illustration

  • Show the shape elements shared by typography and icons.
  • Guidelines for creating a new icon.
  • Blending shape elements and color for creative illustrations that share a visual language.

Q1 2019

Contribution and adoption

Bringing in specific contributions from other IBM teams

  • Experimental flex-size components.
  • Sharing CSS with Carbon Angular.
  • Guidelines for composite components.

Making more reasons to contribute

  • Create and distribute swag to contributors; credits on site/github; poster, T-shirt, socks, Carbon Conference ticket.

Q2 2019

Pattern library

Prioritize the most important compound components, layouts, and workflow patterns. Encourage bringing these in through contribution from extended teams.

  • Publish on the website the full list of all components that we propose, even if 0% complete.
  • Prioritize and solicit contributions based on follows and upvotes for components.

Compound Components

  • Shell (header, global navigation, avatar, left/right sidebars, breadcrumbs, footer)
  • Forms
  • Data table
  • Empty states
  • Date picker
  • Cards
  • Condition builder
  • Reporting
  • File uploader
  • Calendar/scheduler
  • Data visualization

Page Template

  • Home page
  • Dashboard page
  • Detail page
  • Profile page
  • Catalogue page
  • Billing and usage page
  • Management page
  • Docs page
  • Legal

Workflow Patterns

  • Login
  • First-time use
  • Registration
  • Searching
  • What's new
  • Embedded help
  • Provisioning
  • Upgrading
  • Updating
  • Canceling
  • Favoriting

UI Software Development Kit (SDK)

  • Provide a developer with all the tooling and components needed to build a full UI - sharing common shell/chrome/panels and other layout clues.
  • Make that UI Framework SDK universal for any UI.