Lydia is honestly such an amazing person. Her personality really shows through her lectures--you'll learn about all her favorite things: Star Trek, The Office, DDR, The Knicks, what the world's best boarding pass looks like. Her lectures are not heavy and very easy to pay attention to since she's so great at talking and is just so excited! She also does a good job of guiding people through the design process, focusing your attention on the little details and potential areas of frustration. Her slides have everything you need for the material, and I often find that it's enough to just pay attention. She also ends class early frequently and gives a nice summary after every lecture.
From someone with no webdev background, it would've been nice if she taught some basic technical stuff i.e. JS, HTML, CSS. To be fair, webdev is hard to learn without trying it yourself, and the functions you need are often specific to what you want to implement. Our first programming hw was a static replica of the Gmail interface, which killed me as a newbie. Her written HWs are a bit subjective since she seems to have an answer in her head that she's looking for, and it's not always clear as to how much of an explanation is enough. The final project for this class is spread across 6 weeks, and she provides "milestones" along the way to keep you on track. She also emphasizes the importance of early feedback in the design process and allots class time for feedback exchange between peers. Overall, if you have some kind of front end experience, this class should be chill.
There is a "participation" component of the grade that is annoying for many, because your name has to be recorded by a TA hidden in the back of the room. Lydia likes to engage the class with short answer questions, and will call on people to speak. Your participation grade is almost entirely dependent on how well she can remember your name, and how hard the TAs try to figure out who spoke. Apparently the TAs came up with a scheme to remember where each of the three asian Kevins sat. It's often unfortunate for me to be one of the many shoulder length haired asian girls in the class, and it's a small victory on my part on those rare occasions when she gets my name. She definitely needs a better system to track participation, but if she doesn't establish one, I'd advise you to dye your hair purple before taking her class.