Gregory Cotton

Gregory Cotton

Designer, Artist

2 months ago


I studied experience design at the University of Waterloo’s Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business. My time at the University of Waterloo offered me the opportunity to study in Hong Kong, at City University’s School of Creative Media, where I took classes in human-computer interaction and art history.

Over the years I have gleamed inspiration from geography as both a muse and medium in the arts, simple web design, the relationships between artists and technology, and the role of design in the development of both real-world and digital communities.

Side Projects


The Park Library is an online outdoor library that houses books, zines and art. Read a book, leave a note on the bulletin board, or download a custom library card!

If you or a friend have a book to submit please send me an email :)


Leave me a note on my digital fridge!

Work Experience

2022 — Now
Remote + Lisbon, Portugal
2022 — 2022
Remote + Ottawa, Ontario

Providing consultation regarding employee experience.

2015 — 2022
Remote + Ottawa, Ontario

Freelance and independant contract work for the better half of a decade – commercial photography for marketing and social media purposes, events, weddings, corporate headshots, etc. Graphic design and branding work for social media, photo retouch, etc. Creation of personal artworks for sale and display in galleries, vernissages, open home stagings, etc.

2021 — 2022
Remote + Hamilton, Ontario

Creating icon packs and uniform design elements of social media. Visual Design for marketing campaign generating 100k+ unique views.

2020 — 2020
Remote + Kitchener, Ontario

Translating user research outputs into series of iterative prototypes for reimagining how citizens access government services. This includes conducting user research sessions and stakeholder workshops for the prototyping of an Ontario Autism Program web-portal and prototyping of a new provincial single sign-on portal to improve usability for citizens accessing numerous digital government services.

2019 — 2019
Ottawa, Ontario

Publishing policies to government intranet (using Adobe Dreamweaver, HTML, CSS). Providing assistance in regards to the posting of policies and procedures and ensuring adherence to the Government of Canada Policy on Communications and Federal Identity.

2019 — 2019
Waterloo, Ontario

Creating visual content for social media and communications, ensuring reports and papers met Waterloop brand guidelines/implementing brand guidelines, taking and editing team photos.

2018 — 2018
Ottawa, Ontario

Support role for primary photographer at weddings and events. Helping to transport gear, get secondary shots, setting up lighting equipment, and organizing group shots.

2017 — 2018
Stratford, Ontario

Running programs, coordinating events and delivering presentations for incoming and prospective students at the University of Waterloo's Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business.


2019 — Now
Hong Kong

3.8/4.0 GPA
Semester in Hong Kong

Relevant courses include: Interface Design, Art Photography, Expanded Photography, Exploring Contemporary Art.

2017 — 2021
Waterloo + Stratford, Ontario

3.75/4.0 cGPA
Graduated with Dean's Honours

Relevant courses include: Digital Media Design and Production, User Experience Design, Project Management, Digital Imaging for Online Applications, Computer Science.



The Food Library is an interactive exhibit spread across three rooms, immersing participants in a future world where food security and climate change are addressed by a new urban form: the edible city. Participants engage with elements of this speculative future, exploring audio, visual, and physical prototypes. It was cocreated by Gregory Cotton and Hershel Nashman.


To improve their digital delivery, the Ontario Autism Program wanted to create a secure web portal for families. I worked in the discovery and alpha phases as one of two product designers, alongside two developers and a lab leader, to create a proof of concept and to prototype some potential features.


I worked as a Product Designer with the Ontario Digital Service to help lay the groundwork for a new single sign-on (SSO) for the province's digital services. We worked alongside 13 different program areas and the Public Secure team before handing our work off to a vendor.