The answer is yes! I got exponentially better at design by having a specific angle to study from.
By adding humor to my learning process I was able to take myself less seriously and try out new techniques without worrying about the end result.
Eventually I was able to reincorporate my new illustration skills into my UI Design process and now, what can I say, my mockups look pretty great!""
Do you have any "Dad Jokes" for me? Please send them my way. I promise I'll laugh.