The artwork on front of Ágætis byrjun was originally done in ballpoint pen by artist Gotti Bernhöft, the design was then inverted and placed on the front of the cover. Ágætis byrjun translates to “A good beginning,” so the foetus on the front seems like an apt cover for the album. The alien nature of the foetus also fits the band because, although not on this album, they sing in a completely jibberish language and to many people the icelandic sounds can seem pretty alien.
Sigur Rós actually assembled and glued the first print of the album themselves. A lot of the albums were rendered useless because of the shoddy job they did.