When I first started at my current employer, they were really against using Flash. This was over three years ago, so it wasn’t a because of the current anti-Flash sentiment that’s out there now, but because their previous experiences with Flash was with developers that didn’t really know what they were doing. I did my best to show them what could be done when you use Flash properly to build your projects and they came around, which lead to a fair amount of Flash work for me.
My main point is this, most of the clients you have, in fact a vast majority, aren’t going to be looking for something cutting edge or revolutionary. But that doesn’t mean you can’t add something to make the boring sites more interesting. And if the people you work with know what you’re capable of, then they’re more likely to have that in their mind when they’re pitching a design. If they don’t know what you can do, then they won’t ask you to do it.
One thing I’ve stressed at work is that as long as it’s not something insanely complicated, I’ll figure out how to do it, usually in a day or two. Now the designers I work with come to me with ideas, usually something like, “can you do this?” and if it’s not possible the way they want, I suggest a different way to do it. Together, we come up with the best solution.
If you’re a developer and you don’t think you’re being used to the best of you’re abilities, then just having an open line of communication with the designers is usually the best way to change that. Just shave once and a while and brush the Cheetos off your shirt and the designers shouldn’t be too afraid.