I’ve had an idea knocking around in my head for a minute. Last year, being torn away from my family and friends hit me harder than I thought it would. To get personal, I’ve always suffered from a mild form of anxiety-fueled depression (therapist diagnosed). Managing it is just part of who I am, a muscle I’ve built since I was young.

There have been a few times in my life that I’ve been brought down quite low. A hard breakup, a mid-twenties existential crisis, a disjointed college career, student loan debt, a high-stress low-paying job that barely kept the…


It took me a while to realize that all the work I’ve gravitated towards has had a theme. It was right after I brought my daughter into the world that I started to take a hard look at my life and where it was going. I looked at her and I wanted more than anything to make sure that she never felt like she wasn’t good enough to pursue her dreams. I wanted to be someone she could look up to as she got older, someone who wasn’t afraid of doing the hard work and making big changes. …


Scene: Small tech startup. Dude across from me leans over and wants to show me an article on his laptop screen. I lean over and start reading, but am then overcome with anxiety noticing he has about a hundred tabs open in his browser.

WHOA DUDE. How do you manage those tabs? The conversation following was one that opened my eyes dramatically to how each of us adapts to terrible user interface design. He told me that he not only has open tabs on this window, but several others. Also, different ones open on his mobile device, his other computer…


Last time you heard from me, I was just getting into UX design after being accepted to Lambda School’s UX design track. I felt like I need to post an update because.. whoa. It’s been a ride!

I know that there are a lot of opinions out there about Lambda School, the viability of it, the length of time they require, the type of work in the curriculum, and the way they build their network. I’ve consumed a lot of content around this. I remember feeling trepidation when I went through the application process. It’s hard to take a chance…


I did it — I joined Lambda School as a student of UX Design. I am so extraordinarily exhilarated to finally get the chance to do something I actually want to do. My whole life has been about doing what’s sensible — or what’s necessary. For the next 9 months… I’ll be doing something fulfilling and it feels damn good.

I am 3 weeks into the program and we just started doing some interesting exercises. In a shocking turn of events, I inexplicably enjoy putting myself out there for my fellow students and have been able to receive feedback and…

Lynn Baxter

UX Designer, science enthusiast, relentless cynic, eternal optimist.

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