Information Architecture — a useful tool to help you make sense of any mess

Do you know you have to face any mess every day? For example, the mess comes from your projects, products, services, events, closets, rooms, relationships…and the list goes on. Do you feel depressed, anxious, frustrate or scare when you can’t make sense of any mess that you have to face? Recently I have read a book of How to Make Sense of Any Mess by Abby Covert to help me make sense of my mess.

Book of Make Sense
Book Cover

Title: How to Make Sense of Any Mess

Writer & Illustrator: Abby Covert

Editor: Nicole Fenton

Covert talks about information architecture in this book. She taught me how to use information architecture to make sense of any mess. In my view of point, this book is a user-friendly book.

At first, I noticed that Covert has drawn lots of illustrations to explain the concepts she describes in this book. I liked this idea, because of one picture worth the thousands of words. Then I discovered how Covert organized the content of this book to help all readers easier understand these concepts and use her book to practice. Covert organized her book into chapters, pages, characters, and worksheets.

Covert organized chapters to outline a step-by-step process for making sense of the mess that made from information and people. I was able to identify the step I needed by reading the chapter’s title.

The structure of every chapter includes pages, illustrations, characters, and worksheets. Each page presents as a lesson. Each illustration explains the concept from the relative lesson. By the end of each chapter, Covert provided characters and each character has a story about he or she used these lessons to make sense of his or her mess. Following the characters, Covert also provided the worksheets to practice. I was able to photocopy these worksheets from this book or downloaded online.

The last but not the least, Covert used the simple sentence structure and simple English vocabulary in this book. I believed that everyone including the person who just starts to learn English as a second language is able to understand this book. In addition, Covert managed her content in short paragraphs and bullet points to help me to skip and scan. I liked this content strategy because I could easier to find the information I needed or was interested in.

I used an illustration of “Step-by-step make sense of any mess” I have drawn to summary this book below.

Step by Step How to Make Sense of Any Mess
Step by Step How to Make Sense of Any Mess
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