Abby Covert

Abby Covert is an Information Architect.

Abby Covert is an independent information architect working and living in New York City. With a proven track record in establishing user-centric practices in a variety of creative environments, Abby also has a reputation for stellar information architecture work in a variety of consulting contexts. Abby prides herself on being an active organizer and mentor within the IA community. She served as Executive Producer for the IDEA conference in 2010 and the Information Architecture Summit in 2010 and 2012. She currently serves as Co Chair for the 15th annual Summit to be held in March 2014. Abby also serves as an adviser for and holds credit for inventing World Information Architecture Day, which held an inaugural event in 2012 with 14 locations globally serving over 1600 attendees. World IA Day 2014, now in its third year, looks to serve 20+ locations globally. Abby speaks and writes under the pseudonym Abby the IA, and currently serves as faculty for Parsons, The School of Visual Arts, General Assembly and Hyper Island.

The Information Architecture of Products

What terms and concepts do you use to deliver your product experience? What organizational structures do you use to present those terms and concepts? To what degree is the meaning you intend through those choices clear to the person for which you intended it? These are the questions to ask yourself when attempting to make a product make sense to others.

Information Architecture is the practice of making sense of meaning through the consideration of ontology, taxonomy and choreography. In this three hour workshop we will discuss and work through what it means to think about affecting the information architecture of a product.

Attendees will learn:

  • To think about and talk about common IA weaknesses and strategies for improvement
  • A working vocabulary about the important concepts that make up information architecture as a practice
  • A prescriptive sense of when to use various tools such as: maps, diagrams and controlled vocabularies


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