Currently I am a software developer. By education I am a sailor :D. I pursued programming due to my love of creating something. I learned programming the hard way, time and tutorials.
Recently, I had realised my passion is more than building but I always find myself involved in contributing in design. I searched online for education but found that IDEOU is the best and they offer a certificate that could help me quickly move to another career (not getting any younger). That will be my way to becoming a great designer in the future.
I am like you who gets annoyed with bad design, either product or service and wished I could be part of this design industry where I could contribute and teach people about it. Financially, I can not afford those fees and for my situation where I have to take my $200 medication every month, rent and other expenses.
As a programmer now, I contribute by sharing my knowledge to other programmers through short workshops or meet ups. I will do the same for design. I think I will start teaching at schools then NGO as my drive to make design part of their institution.
Below is the list of courses I would like to take soon:
INSIGHTS FOR INNOVATION $399
FROM IDEAS TO ACTION $399
Storytelling for Influence $399
Unlocking Creativity $199
Designing a Business $499
Human-Centered Service Design $499
In return, I can help you with your digital product ideas and I can build prototypes.