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Abby Covert

Like digital tow trucks, diagrams have been helping people feeling stuck for thousands of years. But why? Because diagrams give us superpowers. The ability to render our ideas visually helps us move through some pretty gnarly human situations. In this keynote Abby Covert, an author and information architect, takes us on a tour of five of the superpowers that make diagrams the helpful superhero of many sensemaking stories. 


Abby Covert is an information architect, writer and community organizer with two decades of experience helping people make sense of messes. Abby has written two popular books, How to Make Sense of Any Mess and 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, or at accessible price points in her popular Etsy shop, AbbytheIA. In 2022, she started The Sensemakers Club where she brings together sensemakers from different walks of life to learn from one another. Abby currently lives and writes from Melbourne, Florida, where her most important job title is “Mom.”

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Citation Data

Author(s): Abby Covert
Year: 2023
Title: Stuck? Diagrams Help
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD12
Article No.: pre-release
Host: Georgetown University
Location: Washington, DC | ONLINE
Symposium Dates: October 6–20, 2023
First published: 15 July 2023
Last update: no update
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404
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