Being a formally trained graphic designer and a graphic design instructor (intro to graphic design and typography), I find this article helpful but is missing two very important aspects of being in the design industry. Yes I think there will be a special few who read this and go through the process and will find work as a designer. But going to a design school isn't just about learning the art of design. It is also about learning how to collaborate with others and teams of individuals. As well as also being able to communicate your ideas and thoughts. I don't think these skills -which are standard on any application- can be developed by learning or being on your own. Finally the other important part of going to a design school are the future peers, partnerships and connections you'll be making while there. Anyone who expects to be successful in this industry has to know how to make connections and network. And I don't think you can make these connections as easily when you're learning all by yourself. Learning how to design is just the start.