We like to give you a fair amount of contemporary art and design here at It’s Nice That, but we recognise that it’s sometimes good to dip your toe into the murky waters of the olden days. Life Magazine’s archive website — which may as well be labelled #NSFW for its ability to distract you for longer than any other website ever — has an extraordinary amount of old, incredible series of categorised photographs for your viewing pleasure.
This particular collection allows us to poke our heads through the doors of a smokey nightclub in the 1950s where the legendary Miles Davis is performing and photographer Robert W. Kelley is snapping away. Velvet curtains, finger-smudged brass instruments and beads of sweat all lend a helping hand in these shots making you want to put some jazz on the speakers as soon as possible.
- Yoshinori Mizutani captures the colourful, rain soaked commuters of Tokyo
- Considered, understated but experimental work from Berlin studio Tim+Tim
- Poem Baker photographs the Jûngølā drag clowns of London’s Deptford
- Unusual perspectives on imagined architectures by Atelier Olschinsky
- Photographing the migrant crisis with a focus on people, not sensationalism
- What are creatives' favourite words?
- Philip Coppola spends nearly 40 years illustrating New York City’s Subway Stations
- Printed Pages SS16 is now available for pre-order – with exclusive prints and more!
- Rome-based Andrea Chronopoulos’ illustrations are quirky and a little bit cheeky
- LA studio Laundry creates amazing warped Simpsons idents for American channel FX
- Design Bridge creates new harp icon for Guinness
- Winning design for Tokyo 2020 Olympics unveiled