Julie Steele

Julie Steele

Director, Communications at Silicon Valley Data Science

New York, New York (Greater New York City Area)
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Julie Steele's Overview

  • Director, Communications at Silicon Valley Data Science
  • Faculty at MFA Design for Social Innovation — SVA
  • Freelance Graphic Designer
  • Associate Editor at EP Magazine
  • Arts & Entertainment at Chimes: The Student Newspaper of Calvin College
  • Publicity Intern at Addison Wesley
  • Editorial Intern at Addison Wesley

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Julie Steele's Experience

Director, Communications

Silicon Valley Data Science

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

July 2014Present (3 months) Sunnyvale, CA


MFA Design for Social Innovation — SVA

September 2013Present (1 year 1 month) New York, New York

Teaching a year-long course on Data Metrics and Visualization to second-year MFA students.

Freelance Graphic Designer

September 1996Present (18 years 1 month)

Logo design, brochures, program covers, posters, etc. Work done primarily in InDesign but also in Quark and PageMaker.

Content Editor for Strata

O'Reilly Media

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

March 2012June 2014 (2 years 4 months) Sebastopol, CA

Acquisitions Editor

O'Reilly Media

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

February 2008March 2012 (4 years 2 months) Sebastopol, CA

Acquiring and developing titles related to: Python, SQL, and PHP; web frameworks/CMSs (Django, Drupal, Joomla, WordPress); databases (Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL); big data and cloud computing; and IT for healthcare.

Editor, Practice Area Content


Public Company; 10,001+ employees; RUK; Information Technology and Services industry

January 2004February 2008 (4 years 2 months) Newark, NJ

Worked on treatises, pamphlets and newsletters related to bankruptcy, commercial and banking law. Also worked with SGML and XML tagging for print and online content, and related systems.

Associate Editor

EP Magazine

February 2003December 2003 (11 months)

Arts & Entertainment

Chimes: The Student Newspaper of Calvin College

September 2000January 2003 (2 years 5 months)

Publicity Intern

Addison Wesley

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; Publishing industry

June 2001August 2001 (3 months)

Editorial Intern

Addison Wesley

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; Publishing industry

June 2000August 2000 (3 months)

Julie Steele's Projects

  • Strata

    • March 2010 to Present

    Ground-breaking industry conference charting the rise of the data-driven society: from big data to new interfaces and ubiquitous computing.

  • Strata Rx

    • March 2012 to October 2012
    Team Members: Julie Steele, Colin Hill

    The O'Reilly Strata Rx Conference is one of the first events in the world that brings leading experts together to advance personalized and predictive medicine by harnessing the explosion of healthcare data---from next-generation DNA sequencing to electronic health records, longitudinal claims data, and personal health device data (mobile health/quantified self).

  • Data Sensing Lab

    • October 2012 to Present
    Team Members: Julie Steele, Alasdair Allan, Brian Jepson, Kipp Bradford, Rob Faludi

    Instrumenting the O'Reilly Strata conferences to give you a taste of your life in a more measured and quantified world. By instrumenting the conference environment with basic off-the-shelf sensors and mesh networking, we will observe and report on the conference, and generate interesting sociological data from the distributed sensor network.

Julie Steele's Skills & Expertise

  1. Copy Editing
  2. Writing
  3. Online Research
  4. Editorial Development
  5. Graphic Design
  6. Contract Negotiation
  7. Ashtanga Yoga
  8. Python
  9. Editorial
  10. Content Management
  11. Conference Design
  12. Data
  13. Content Development
  14. Publishing
  15. Blogging
  16. Social Media Marketing
  17. Media Analysis
  18. Social Media
  19. Publications
  20. Social Networking
  21. HTML
  22. Proofreading
  23. Online Publishing
  24. Books
  25. Journalism
  26. Digital Media
  27. Web Content Management
  28. Editing
  29. Technical Writing
  30. Wordpress
  31. Ebooks
  32. Web Content
  33. Content Strategy
  34. CMS
  35. Research
  36. Copywriting
  37. WordPress
  38. Events
  39. Textbooks
  40. Academic Publishing
  41. Publicity
  42. Information Architecture
  43. User Experience
  44. New Media
  45. SEO
  46. Multimedia
  47. Drupal
  48. User Interface Design
  49. Email Marketing
  50. Web 2.0

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Julie Steele's Publications

  • Beautiful Visualization

    • O'Reilly Media
    • April 2010
    Authors: Julie Steele, Noah Iliinsky

    With contributions from more than two dozen experts, this book demonstrates why visualizations are beautiful not only for their aesthetic design, but also for elegant layers of detail that efficiently generate insight and new understanding. Think of the familiar map of the New York City subway system, or a diagram of the human brain. These older examples have been surpassed by artists, designers, commentators, scientists, analysts, statisticians, and others who show how visualizations using today's digital capabilities can help us make sense of the world.

  • Designing Data Visualizations: Intentional Communication from Data to Display

    • O'Reilly Media
    • September 20, 2011

    Data visualization is an efficient and effective medium for communicating large amounts of information, but the design process can often seem like an unexplainable creative endeavor. This concise book aims to demystify the design process by showing you how to use a linear decision-making process to encode your information visually.

    Delve into different kinds of visualization, including infographics and visual art, and explore the influences at work in each one. Then learn how to apply these concepts to your design process.

    - Learn data visualization classifications, including explanatory, exploratory, and hybrid
    - Discover how three fundamental influences—the designer, the reader, and the data—shape what you create
    - Learn how to describe the specific goal of your visualization and identify the supporting data
    - Decide the spatial position of your visual entities with axes
    - Encode the various dimensions of your data with appropriate visual properties, such as shape and color
    - See visualization best practices and suggestions for encoding various specific data types

  • Planning for Big Data

    • O'Reilly Media, Inc.
    • 2012

    In an age where everything is measurable, understanding big data is an essential. From creating new data-driven products through to increasing operational efficiency, big data has the potential to make your organization both more competitive and more innovative.

    As this emerging field transitions from the bleeding edge to enterprise infrastructure, it's vital to understand not only the technologies involved, but the organizational and cultural demands of being data-driven.

Julie Steele's Education

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-Newark

MA, Political Science


Awarded Master's Scholarship, 2007-08 and 2008-09.

Activities and Societies: Pi Sigma Alpha (National Political Science Honor Society), NJPIRG (New Jersey Public Interest Research Group)

Calvin College

BA, English


Received National Merit Scholarship, 1999, and Boston Globe Scholarship, 1999.

Activities and Societies: Chimes: the student newspaper of Calvin College


High School Diploma


Activities and Societies: Chorale, student government, field hockey, lacrosse, National Honor Society

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