UI Guidelines – Introduction

This style guide is the visual language that represents Zowe. It is a living document that will be updated based on the needs of our users and software requirements.


Our users rely on our software to help them be efficient in their work. The interfaces and experiences we design should be clear so there is never any confusion about where users should click or how to take the next step. Users should always feel confident in their actions.


Users should be able to look at Zowe software products and know they are in a family. Each software product is different but should use similar patterns, icons, and interactions. If a user is switching to a new product within Zowe it should feel familiar.


Our users are smart and they need smart software. Zowe design patterns should always compliment the user’s intelligence and reflect the user’s complex work environment. Designs should align with Zowe's Design Language by putting the human needs of the user first.

Color brings a design to life. Color is versatile; it's used to express emotion and tone, as well as place emphasis and create associations. Color should always be used in meaningful and intentional ways in order to create patterns and visual cues.

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Typography is used to create clear hierarchies, useful organizations, and purposeful alignments that guide users through the product and experience. It is the core structure of any well designed interface.

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Grid systems are used for creating page layouts through a series of rows and columns that house your content. Zowe uses a responsive, mobile first, fluid grid system that appropriately scales up to 12 columns as the device or view port size increases.

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Icons are key component for a successful UI design because they are a visual way to help add meaning to elements.

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