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.

Versatile, experimental design, focused on solving human problems.

My relationship with design began at age 12, coding fansites for my favorite bands. Now, with over a decade of professional experience, I specialize in product design, but am also proficient in design systems, visual identities, information design, logo design, illustration, and more. No matter the media, my design always remains human-centered, and focused on empathy.

Product design


UI/UX design, healthcare, anti-stress, web app

This is a toolkit of short interventions and exercises to help Techniker Krankenkasse users quickly deal with stressful situations. It is a complement to their anti-stress eCoach, which offers longer-term solutions and programs to deal with stress.


Managing Usability Barriers on TK eCoach

UI/UX design, healthcare, usability, chatbot, web app

We designed a tool for users of a health and wellness app to identify various obstacles to progress in their health goals and choose from strategies to help combat them.



UI/UX design, electronics search engine, CAD viewing and download feature, blog design, visual design

For this electronics parts search engine, I designed a feature that enables users to view and download CAD drawings for specific parts. I also redesigned the company blog.



UI/UX design, design studio, user forum, web development, web app

A Berlin-based design studio had me do the design and front-end development for their website and an internal social media platform for their network of artists, designers, and makers.



UI/UX design, language learning, native app

I was the mobile UI/UX designer for a language-learning app used by refugees coming primarily from Syria to the EU.



UI/UX design, real estate, web apps, design systems

I did UI/UX design and contributed to the design system for a suite of desktop and mobile applications used by a global real estate company to manage all their operations, from letting advertisements, to transactions, to communication with their tenants.



UI design, mindfulness and games, native app, icon design, illustration

I designed user interfaces and illustrated graphics for brain exercise games and a mindfulness app.


Otto Versand

Interactive map, web app, visual design, information design, web development

For this Austrian online shop, I designed and developed an interactive map displaying the vegan flavors and U-Bahn location of every ice cream shop in Vienna.



UI/UX design, identity & branding, information design, web development, illustration

A colleague enlisted my help to design the user interface, branding and website for an emergency networking product.

Winner of a Stage 1 Design Concept Award in the Mozilla Wireless Innovation for a Networked Society Challenge


MASS Exchange

UI design, futures trading, web app, visual communications design, web development

I was the UI designer for this futures trading platform. I also developed prototypes in HTML and CSS.