Harley-Davidson’s 100th Anniversary

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This is a full-page graphic created for a USA TODAY story on Harley-Davidson’s 100th anniversary. It contains information about the company’s history, its most popular motorcycles, how Harley engines make their signature sound, and how a motorcycle is assembled.

I researched Harley’s history, interviewed company officials, wrote the narrative, and reached out to motorcycle magazine journalists for their perspective. I worked with graphic artist Bob Laird, who did a superb job on the illustrations and visual organization. We visited Harley’s factory in York, Pa., to watch the assembly process.

Finally, I went to Battlefield Harley-Davidson in Gettysburg, Pa., to test-ride a new Harley-Davidson Fat Boy, the bike seen in the graphic. That experience helped me better describe the sensation of riding a Harley.

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