The Daily Tar Heel front page on April 10 included a story about potential changes to Chapel Hill food truck regulations. The DTH design & graphics staff put together a set of illustrations to accompany the story. Below, desk editor Kevin Uhrmacher talks about the project.
The idea for a food truck front page story started when city editor Chelsey Dulaney approached me about the topic. We talked about the questions people might have surrounding food trucks. I was particularly drawn to the design of the trucks, as well as the behind-the-scenes details of running a mobile business.
After compiling several pages of questions about food trucks, we noted which questions could be answered best in a visual form. We hoped to talk with local food truck owners about how they started their business and present a guide to starting a food truck. City writer Lauren Grady did a great job reporting on the information to fill this sidebar. After getting it, our staffers put together a few illustrations to accompany the steps to opening a food truck.
We also thought it would be helpful to introduce our audience to some of the food trucks that can be found around Chapel Hill and Carrboro. To do this, staffers Jessica Milbern, Jessica Karsner, Sarah Delk and Katie Perkinson illustrated local food trucks that Lauren had contacted.