30 food truck designs to serve up summer

The idea of serving food out of a truck with a mobile kitchen is not new. It dates back as far as the nighttime “lunch wagons” that catered to New York City nightshift workers at the turn of the 20th century, and even farther — some accounts cite the chuckwagon, a mobile canteen for Texas cattle ranchers after the American Civil War, as an early progenitor of the street food vendors we know and love today.

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Photo: Joits (via Flickr)

The food truck’s true renaissance, however, arrived in the late 2000s. In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, enterprising chefs like Roy Choi (of Kogi BBQ fame) saw the truck as a low-overhead opportunity to dish out the cheap cuisine that had become so in-demand. Now, the food truck is a cultural staple of cities across the globe. The food they serve is still artisanal and often hybrid-traditional, like Choi’s Korean tacos. Although these days, it isn’t necessarily that cheap.

From a design perspective, the food truck trend has been a lot of fun. When you’re competing against an armada of other trucks, you want yours to stand out. That means having a flashy and well-designed logo, menu and, of course, truck wrap. Food trucks are a year-round phenomenon, but summer is the season of their most magnificent bloom. In honor of that, here are 30 food truck designs to pique your appetite – many designed right here on 99designs.

6a

Cielos Mexican Grill: Higher Graphics

5h

Stuffed: RedCookie

3e

Street Sweets (via 1 Design Per Day)

4d

Naan Stop: Funkypants

2b

Recess (via TuwiDesign)

1d

East Side King (via Thrillist)

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Site for S’more Eyes: Xemar

5a

The Greedy Box: Neethz

3a

Dim Sum (via 1 Design Per Day)

2c

The Atlanta Burger Truck (via TuwiDesign)

2e

Smorgasburger (via TuwiDesign)

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(via Thrillist)

3d

Dough (via 1 Design Per Day)

3f

Skillet (via 1 Design Per Day)

5e

Twisted Perogy: LeRoid

1b

Gastro Bomber (via Thrillist)

3g

Buttermilk (via 1 Design Per Day)

1c

Grillenium Falcon (via Thrillist)

4a

The Food Truck Company: cmyk13

3b

LudoTruck’s Guerrilla Fried Chicken (via 1 Design Per Day)

3c

Jogasaki (via 1 Design Per Day)

2d

Gargantua (via TuwiDesign)

4c

Drunken Lobster: Phenix888jo

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The Bacon Truck (via TuwiDesign)

4e

Pick Me Up Truck: Atelier Handmade

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White Guy Cooks Thai: Luca Bellisario

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Route Cuisine: Graphz Real�

5b

Panini Express: jmestudiografico

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Zugo: Adam_Lamk

5c

Pure Truck: Z_Graphiste

Check out our interview with Simon Williams of “White Guy Cooks Thai” for more inspiration. Then share your favorite food truck designs in the comments!

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Alex Bigman
Alex Bigman

Alex contributes from New York City on topics ranging from branding and typography to the history of design.

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