I am on a mission to make the world a clearer place, one sensemaker at a time.

A hand drawn cartoon of a person deep in thought looking at a mess with a thought bubble showing an imaginary order for the mess.

I want to help you to make the unclear, clear.

My work aims to make information architecture and sensemaking skills accessible to everyone. I spend my time writing for, speaking to, and mentoring people who are bravely facing messes (mostly of the information kind).

My first book, How to Make Sense of Any Mess, demystified information architecture into a practical skillset that anyone can apply to any context where sense might need to be made. I am currently working on my second book about the purpose, process and craft of diagramming.

I have a selected set of case studies and information architecture tools based on my process.

I’m not on social media much these days, so the best way to support my work is join my email list where I write a monthly update on what I am working on or thinking about.

A picture of Abby Covert at home in her studio, amongst her books many of which are about information architecture and design

I believe information architecture has the power to make the world a clearer place.

Since 2008 I have been an active organizer and mentor within the design and technology community. I wrote about my early journey towards community leadership and have been interviewed about my work on plenty of podcasts.

Here are some of the roles I have been proud to serve in:


Oh yeah, and I have an Etsy shop!