Class of 97

Website and Instagram GIF page celebrating 20 years since Mary Smich’s fake graduation speech Wear Sunscreen. In May 2017, it had been 20 years since Mary Schmich’s hypothetical graduation speech that became the first ’viral’ phenomenon that shaped the way we use the internet today - Ladies and Gentleman of the class of 97. To celebrate this, we created a web-based article that nodded to the ’ugly’ pixelated aesthetic of the time whilst using modern, responsive web-design. The reading experience was enhanced with GIFs saved in 1997 style, low-quality - but using 2017 imagery. This was to show that the speech is still just as relevant to the youth of 2017.