I am Ariel Cotton.  I'm an artist, UI/UX designer, & maker of interactive things.

I craft beautiful, human-centered interfaces for web and mobile applications. I draw and write comics about life in Berlin and New York City. I even tinker with electronics and make interactive art from time to time.

Artist, designer, tinkerer, maker of things, meme junkie, and music enthusiast, born and raised in New York City.

Being interdisciplinary is at the core of what I do. I studied art and design at The Cooper Union in New York, and am currently based in Berlin.

For eight and a half years I have been working as a UI/UX designer, crafting beautiful, intuitive interfaces that are focused on users’ wants and needs. Human-centered design is my philosophy. I have worked for a variety of clients worldwide, from startups to large corporations to individuals looking for a presence on the web. I am currently freelancing and on the lookout for new full-time and freelance opportunities.

As a comics artist, I draw influence from Aaron McGruder, Art Spiegelman, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Marjane Satrapi, R. Crumb, Studio Ghibli, Toshihiro Ono, and Ulli Lust. My stories feature slices of life in Berlin and New York, from perspectives that are often marginalized and overlooked. My work has been exhibited and published across North America and Europe.

View my design resume and artist CV here.


Old World New World
Solo exhibition • Tapir Gallery • Berlin, Germany • 2018

June Exhibition
Residency group exhibition • D’Clinic Studios • Zalaegerszeg, Hungary • 2016

Warp Zone
Group exhibition • The Vondelbunker • Amsterdam, The Netherlands • 2015

Black and White
Juried exhibition • Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition • Brooklyn, NY, USA • 2015

Too Much Information
Solo exhibition • Tiny Montgomery • Brooklyn, NY, USA • 2015

Containers for the Self
Juried exhibition • Black Earth Gallery • Cedar Rapids, IA, USA • 2015

Gonna Put A Hacks On You
Solo exhibition • Littlefield • Brooklyn, NY, USA • 2014

The Path of Resistance
Solo exhibition • Cooper Gallery • New York, NY, USA • 2013


Design as Language
Design Lab Berlin • Berlin, Germany • 2018

Art and Self-Indulgence
Takt Kunstprojektraum • Berlin, Germany • 2017

The World is Your Interface
Beyond Tellerrand • Berlin, Germany • 2016

Interdisciplinary Design
Up.Front • Berlin, Germany • 2015

Physical Interaction Design
Software for Artists Day • Brooklyn, NY, USA • 2014