Women Talk Design Speaker Stories (Author Edition): Abby Covert

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Women Talk Design Speaker Stories (Author Edition): Abby Covert

Join us for a Q&A with a Women Talk Design Speaker & Author!

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About Women Talk Design Speaker Stories (Author Edition)

Women Talk Design community members aren't just speakers – many are also facilitators, event organizers, professors, and authors. Since several of our community members have recently published books, we're hosting an "Author Edition" of our ongoing Speaker Stories event series.

There isn’t one singular path to sharing your voice. Folks decide to speak or write for a variety of reasons, get started in different ways and have their own processes and techniques for getting their ideas out into the world.

For this special Speaker Stories event series, we're interviewing authors from our community to learn more about their journeys and experiences. Join us to hear how they started writing, why they chose their publishing path, and how speaking fits into their writing career. Hear their advice for those interested in writing a book and what they've learned along the way.

You’ll have the opportunity to ask your own questions and connect with folks from the Women Talk Design community. We hope you’ll leave inspired to share your own ideas and experiences, and get out there and share your ideas.

Stick around after the conversation for breakout discussions. During this time you can connect with other people in the Women Talk Design community and discuss what you learned.

About our speaker

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 sense-making, 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.

Abby 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 to start both the Design Operations Summit and Advancing Research Conference. Her most proud achievement is having come up with the idea for World Information Architecture Day, bringing accessibly priced education to thousands in their local communities annually.

Abby 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 to 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.

Abby lives and writes from Melbourne, Florida where her most important job title is ‘Mom’.


  • 5 minutes | Welcome
  • 20 minutes | Conversation with Abby Covert
  • 20 minutes | Audience Q&A
  • 15 minutes | Breakout conversations

Come with your questions! We’ll see you soon.

Event Details:

The $5 USD ticket fee goes directly to our speakers. We don’t want anyone to be turned away due to a lack of funds. If the ticket fee is a barrier, please use the code WTDcommunity to register for a free ticket.

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The event is open to everyone. Please take a moment to read through Women Talk Design's Code of Conduct before RSVPing. You can see a complete list of Women Talk Design's upcoming events here.