I am Ariel Cotton.  I'm an artist, product 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.

I am an artist and designer with roots in New York City and Berlin, and my studio is now located in Brooklyn. I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts at The Cooper Union in New York City. I’ve had drawings and comics exhibited, published and sold across North America and Europe. I have over a decade of experience doing product design, and have worked for clients such as NASDAQ, UNICEF, Qualcomm, and Techniker Krankenkasse. My design work has also won an award in the Mozilla Wireless Innovation for a Networked Society Challenge.

I am an observer of humanity, and I am fascinated by people’s stories, especially the ones that don’t get told often enough. My drawings reflect the universes I enter; every street corner and subway ride provide inspiration. Similarly, my design work is human-centered, focused on empathy for users. My creative process never stops; whether I’m on the train, in a cafe, or taking a walk, I carry a notebook everywhere, and am constantly sketching or jotting down ideas.

View my design resume and artist CV here.

Select Exhibits

Die Streichelwurst, magazine release party #11 and exhibition
ACUD MACHT NEU • Berlin, Germany
Old World New World, solo exhibition
Tapir Gallery • Berlin, Germany
June, group exhibition
D’Clinic Studios • Zalaegerszeg, Hungary
Warp Zone, group exhibition
The Vondelbunker • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Black and White, juried exhibition
Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition • Brooklyn, NY, USA
Too Much Information, solo exhibition
Tiny Montgomery • Brooklyn, NY, USA
Containers for the Self, juried exhibition
Black Earth Gallery • Cedar Rapids, IA, USA
Gonna Put A Hacks On You, solo exhibition
Littlefield • Brooklyn, NY, USA
NYC Resistor Interactive Show, group exhibition
NYC Resistor • Brooklyn, NY, USA
The Path of Resistance, solo exhibition
Cooper Gallery • New York, NY, USA


Design as Language
Design Lab Berlin • Berlin, Germany
Art and Self-Indulgence
Takt Kunstprojektraum • Berlin, Germany
The World is Your Interface
Beyond Tellerrand • Berlin, Germany
Interdisciplinary Design
Up.Front • Berlin, Germany
Physical Interaction Design
Software for Artists Day • Brooklyn, NY, USA