The pit of suckiness is a term my old improv teacher used to use in our rehearsals. Whenever our troupe would make some great leaps forward and get in a groove, inevitably we would crash and just do horrible work for a while. Our teacher was also a math teacher, so he chose to illustrate this particular phenomenon as a graph. As you are developing any skill, you always get better over time. As you learn, you end up doing some terrible work while your mind or body is readjusting to a new set of skills. This sucks.
I feel like I have been in a pit of graphic design suckiness the past couple of weeks. Everything I am working on feels like a mashed up, unguided mess. I know it is because I am integrating new skills and improving, but man it is frustrating. I’ve recently switched over a lot of my initial graphic creation to illustrator instead of photoshop. It is a whole different workflow and skill set, but my graphics are cleaner and vector based and therefore so much easier to integrate into full site designs.
No matter what skill you are building, you have to work extra hard to climb out of the pit of suckiness. Don’t get too frustrated and just know you will get past the hump. It is absolutely worth it to keep improving, and each time you claw your way out of the pit you are so much better off than when you fell in.