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Abby Covert

Independent Information Architect, Writer & Community Organizer; Former Senior Staff Information Architect at Etsy

Independent Information Architect, Writer & Community Organizer; Former Senior Staff Information Architect at Etsy

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Abby Covert Biography

Abby Covert is an information architect, writer, and community organizer with two decades of experience helping people make sense of messes. In addition to being an active mentor to those new to sensemaking, she has also served the design community as President of the Information Architecture Institute, co-chair of the Information Architecture Summit, and Executive Producer of the I.D.E.A Conference. From 2016-2020, Covert served as Etsy's senior staff information architect as they grew to become a multi-billion dollar eCommerce business.

Covert is a founding faculty member of the School of Visual Arts’ Products of Design graduate program. She also managed the team that helped Rosenfeld Media start the Design Operations Summit and Advancing Research Conference. Her most proud achievement is coming up with the idea for World Information Architecture Day, which brings accessibly priced education to thousands in their local communities annually.

Covert has written two books for her students. In 2014, she published "How to Make Sense of Any Mess," a book to teach IA to everybody. In 2022, she released her much-anticipated follow-up, "Stuck? Diagrams Help." She currently spends her time making things that help you make the unclear clear, many of which she makes available for free on her website, abbycovert.com, or at accessible price points in her popular Etsy shop, AbbytheIA.

Her diverse portfolio includes work for Etsy, Hanna Andersson, Microsoft, HUDL, Blissworld, John Hardy, Worth, Staples, Nike, IHOP, Herman Miller, Kraft Foods, Sharpie, JELL-O, Prismacolor, Expo Markers, Valspar, KMART, Taco Bell, KFC, State Farm and The United States Postal Service, BlueCross BlueShield, JSTOR, Fidelity Investments, Bank of America, and The Hartford Insurance.

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Speaker profile last updated by AAE Talent Team on 08/14/2023.

Abby Covert Speaking Topics

  • Information Architecture for Everybody

    In a world where everything is getting more complex and we are all experiencing personal information overload, there is a growing need to understand the tools and processes that are used to make sense of complex subjects and situations. These tools aren't hard to learn or even tough to implement but they are also not part of many people's education.

    Information Architecture is a practice of making sense. A set of principles, lessons and tools to help anyone make sense of any thing. Whether you are • a student or professional, a designer, technologist or small business owner, an intern or executive • learn how information architecture can help you make sense of your next endeavor.

Abby Covert Videos

  • Abby Covert on How to Set IA Up to Fail
    When it comes to practicing information architecture there are many missteps that can keep us from making lasting change or realizing our...
  • Abby Covert – How to make sense of any mess - YouTube
  • Abby Covert // How to Make Sense of Any Mess // UX 2015 on Vimeo

Abby Covert Books

  • Stuck? Diagrams Help.
    Stuck? Diagrams Help.
  • How to Make Sense of Any Mess: Information Architecture for Everybody
    How to Make Sense of Any Mess: Information Architecture for Everybody

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Abby Covert is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Information Architecture for Everybody. The estimated speaking fee range to book Abby Covert for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Abby Covert generally travels from Melbourne, FL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Joe Gebbia, Lori Cheek, Paola Antonelli, Gabriella Poczo and Javier Verdura. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Abby Covert for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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