I am a Front End Developer and UX designer from Winnipeg
I started my career by obtaining my Bachelor of Fine Arts (New Media) from the University of Lethbridge in Alberta. Although I would never consider myself an artist, my experience getting my Fine Arts degree highlighted the need for a critical eye when creating work. Artists and designers have to be ruthless in their work. Throwing out what doesn't work, and taking chances on things they've never done before.
Front End Development
UX design to me is a process of finding solutions to problems. How do we move people through our applications as painlessly as possible and encourage them to do what we want, how we want? We all have used websites that caused us to abandon a task. Whether it was too time intensive, or we just got confused, it was a failure of the user experience that killed it. My role has been to simplify the web for the end user. All the tricks and inside knowledge of the web does not extend to the average user, so it is only responsible to research our users; find their pain points and desires; and then create strategies to get them through to their goals.
Utilizing a team of people, with different knowledge bases and experiences will always be preferable to individuals taking guesses about what people want to see. Research, Sketch, Develop, Repeat.