On March 8th, 2012, Communication Design students in Assistant Professor Roselyn Newton’s Typographic Design class hosted a Grafik Intervention in San Marcos, TX. Originally conceived by Ferris State University's Assistant Professor William Culpepper, Grafik Intervention uses digital projections to engage the public through visually dynamic and compelling communication methods. The students were tasked to find abandoned buildings in the city of San Marcos and transform them for one night into a visual commentary that engaged the community into a discussion regarding the state of the sites.
The three sites selected by the design teams were located in the Dunbar Historic Neighborhood (the Old First Baptist Church, the Ulysses Cephas historic home, and the Old Hays County Jail). Students shared histories of the abandoned sites through projected images on the buildings. The students hoped that by sharing these stories, the public would understand the importance in keeping these buildings a vital part of the community.