Abby Covert – How to Diagram

Talk summary

Abby Covert

Abby Covert

A diagram is any visual that helps someone to understand something. By that definition you have likely made and definitely used a lot of diagrams in your lifetime. If you work in design and technology, you most likely make or use diagrams daily to get your job done. But when were you taught to diagram? And more importantly were you ever taught what it takes to make a diagram be good? For most people, the answer is never and no. And guess what? Most diagrams suck as a result. This talk aims to help rid the world of bad diagrams by teaching the purpose, process and craft of diagramming. Because your diagrams might suck, but they don’t have to.

About Abby

Abby is an information architect, writer and community organizer. Abby served as President of IA Institute, co-chair of IA Summit, and Executive Producer of IDEA. She is a founding faculty member of SVA’s Products of Design program, Design Operations Summit and Advancing Research Conference. She invented World IA Day, bringing IA education to thousands in local communities annually. Abby wrote “How to Make Sense of Any Mess” a book teaching IA to everybody. She is currently working on a new book about diagramming.