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Rapidly build beautiful and accessible experiences. The Carbon kit for Figma contains all resources you need to get started.

Get the libraries

1. Sign into Figma using IBM SSO

You should be added to the IBM Figma organization automatically once you sign in. You do not need to join or request to join any specific team to access the libraries.

2. Turn on the Carbon themes library

We have implemented Figma modes and theming variables, allowing us to combine all four themes into one library file. The (v10) All themes - Carbon Design System library (previously referred to as (v10) White theme - Carbon Design System) includes all four Carbon themes, including two light (White and Gray 10) and two dark (Gray 90 and Gray 100).

Inside of a design file, navigate to the Main menu panel in the top left of the toolbar (A). Open the menu and select Libraries from the list (B).

figma instructions part 1

Then in the Libraries modal that appears, find the team called IBM Design Systems (C) and switch the toggle beside the (v10) All themes - Carbon Design System library to on (D).

figma instructions part 2

To preview the All themes library, visit the following view-only link

3. Turn on the other IBM Design Language libraries 

Under the same team IBM Design Systems you can also turn on the following libraries:

  • Color styles - IBM Design Language
  • v10 Text styles - IBM Design Language
  • Icons - IBM Design Language
  • Pictograms - IBM Design Language

Start designing


Included in the library are all 32 of the Carbon components and their variants. To insert a component, go to the Asset panel and find the component you would like to use. Drag it from the asset panel onto the canvas.

View the name of the component in the right sidebar. If the component has variants, you’ll see fields underneath the component name to configure the properties and values of that component set.

For more help on how to use Figma components, see the Figma docs.

Grids and Screens

Included in the library is an asset called Screens. These screens provide a canvas that can be configured at the five 2x grid breakpoints. It also includes the 16 column grid both with and without a left panel grid influencer.

Color styles

The Carbon color tokens are surfaced in Figma using styles. To apply a color style, select an object then in the Styles menu you can select a style from the Carbon theme libraries or the IBM Design Language libraries. In addition to applying color styles to objects, you can also apply Color Styles to Text layers.

To learn more about applying color styles in Figma, see the Figma docs.

Text styles

To apply a text style, select a text layer then in the properties panel select the text style from the Text styles - IBM Design Language library. Use color styles to change the color of a text style.

To learn more about applying text styles in Figma, see the Figma docs.


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