Pinebender: Too Good to Be True

What I love about this cover by Ohiogirl’s Andy Mueller (who also runs the record label Ohiogold which released this album) is that no only do you get a small notepad to design your own CD cover but on the first pressing they even included a lead pencil into the jewel case. This was released in 2003 and won a few awards and was featured in the 2003 Communication Design Annual.

What struck me about this now is that it Beck’s The Information album seems to have been inspired by this creative piece of design. Right down to the blue grid paper. Big Active just won a Gold Pencil at D&AD for it too. Beck did a great job with their release by creating a gallery and a community around the cover which Pinebender could have done, but back in 2002 community sites weren’t as big as they are now.

Making the decision to make the actual physical album a collectors item is a great idea. I want to get my hands on it and I didn’t care what the musics like.

Pinebender: Too Good to Be True

Pinebender: Too Good to Be True

What I love about this cover by Ohiogirl’s Andy Mueller (who also runs the record label Ohiogold which released this album) is that no only do you get a small notepad to design your own CD cover but on the first pressing they even included a lead pencil into the jewel case. This was released in 2003 and won a few awards and was featured in the 2003 Communication Design Annual.

What struck me about this now is that it Beck’s The Information album seems to have been inspired by this creative piece of design. Right down to the blue grid paper. Big Active just won a Gold Pencil at D&AD for it too. Beck did a great job with their release by creating a gallery and a community around the cover which Pinebender could have done, but back in 2002 community sites weren’t as big as they are now.

Making the decision to make the actual physical album a collectors item is a great idea. I want to get my hands on it and I didn’t care what the musics like.





5 Comments

  1. I love this album cover, and the music is also amazing. Andy is responsible for a few other Pinebender albums, while not as interactive – they are visually great!

  2. Yeah, but the idea of the pencil in the jewel case was seen first in the half French-half Chilean band Panico’s “Panico Remixes” album, which was a mock-up Boggle game, and the pencil stood there for noting down the points you were making… It was pretty useless, but cool, nevertheless

  3. Brilliant. One of the best, ever.

  4. Pinebender is an amazing band, and this album is great. I’m glad Andy Mueller’s artwork is being recognized. Pretty much every single album’s artwork that he designs is out of this world.

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