molested_cow wrote:Talent is important, but the right school/ teacher/ program brings out the potential of the student to the fullest.
You can have tons of talent but without anyone to show you how good you should be. Or you can have little talent but maximised by the right environment.
100% agree. I would add that the internet can show you how good you should be. Most top talent seems to not feel the need to do all the website portfolio/PR stuff, but still a lot of really talented people to like to share all their work.
Another factor is talent level and type of your student group. My group wasn't overly heavy on 'born industrial designers,' a lot of UX and related field design talent though. Luckily the two years ahead of me in the program were, and I gleaned a lot from watching them and having a few mentors/TAs.