Hi everyone. I'm new to the forum. I'm looking for some feedback on some things I've been thinking about lately... here goes:
Once upon a time I fancied myself a graphic designer. Way back in high school I taught myself a good bit of Photoshop and had fun making small logos and such. I really enjoyed tinkering with different fonts. I had wanted to attend school for it but at the time there weren't a whole lot of schools in my area offering programs.
As it goes, life happened and I've just been plugging away at regular ol' full-time jobs over the years. I've always been a creative person, though, and I've felt that in order to feel content in a job I should be doing something where I can be creative.
So here's my idea and my "fork in the road" so to speak: I would like to get back into graphic design/typography. Ideally, I would like to be able to start making/printing invitations/cards/prints and things like that and selling them on Etsy. I don't plan on being able to jump from a full-time job to that but I'd like to be able to make a little extra and see where it goes.
The "fork in the road" is HOW I go about doing this. One option is to go to school. I know of a good, small arts school I could attend and get done in about two years while still working. The downside to this is the tuition costs.
The other option is to try and wade through the countless tutorials/online classes for graphic design. While that would be a free option, it's kind of daunting to filter through everything online and find what would be useful for me. I'd also have to guide myself and that can be difficult.
Either way, I know I will have to invest in a solid computer as well as design programs. That brings me to my next question: What would be the best design programs for me to use for things like typography and the like? What type of computer setup would I need?
So that's about it. Either spend the money on school and be guided by professors and end up with a boat-load of loans to pay back... or, try to figure it out on my own and still have to invest in a good computer & program set up?
ANY sort of advice is greatly appreciated and whoever read through all this, I thank you and also apologize for the length, haha. Thanks!