Can you become a designer without going to design school? Sure. But how good of a designer do you end up being without critiques, guidance and inspiration from your peers? And how employable in the end? One of the most incredibly talented designers I've met recently just graduated from a state school. So while there is a ton of good advice in this article, the ultimate proof is in the portfolio. Because if you end up as a dime-a-dozen designer, that's ultimately what you're paid.