Hey all. I have a philosophical question about design. Apologies in advance if it's not typographical enough, but I've always like the discussions you get into and appreciate your opinions.
As a bit of background, I'm a designer who got to be a designer after several years as a newspaper copy editor. Once I moved to newspaper design, I freaking loved it. I moved cities this year and when I got a new job, I shifted from newspapers to a small company that does marketing-ish design work (brochures, letterhead, business cards, logos).
I've always set my sights on improvement and pushing myself, no matter what I'm doing. Recently, I've felt frustrated that my design work hasn't skyrocketed; that my creativity doesn't poor out of me.
Then I realized why, maybe, that is:
I'm not a design talent. I'm skilled at design. I know how to make things work and look good, but I'm not highly original.
So the question is, though talent can't be taught, can skill be tweaked to a level of excellence? If I wanted to, say, strike out on my own to do work similar to what I do now, is my skill enough to make it last?