Current Projects

Tim Hendy Pianos Ltd

screengrab, Tim Hendy Pianos website showing workshop page

First-class piano tuning, maintenance and repair for grand and upright pianos in the home, concert venue and studio. Sales of fine pre-owned grand and upright pianos.

I’ve been Tim’s webmaster for 10 years. His new responsive site is optimised for smartphone, tablet, laptop and desktop. We’ve added lots of new content, including a new Tuning page and a cool video in which Tim shows how he assesses the sound of a piano prior to full restoration.

a2a :: Artist-to-Artist

screengrab, a2a website showing narrative slider panels

A new program from ARTISIN LLC, designed to help artists, craft artists and anyone engaged in creative endeavors develop the business side of their practices.

The a2a website is a three-page narrative-based site for which I created original collages using public domain and Creative Commons artworks and images past and present to evoke a sense of artistic journey. The front page slider encapsulates the a2a story, which is then developed on subsequent pages.

Charlotte Moore

Charlotte Moore Off the Wall exhibition catalogue: reclining figure painted on wire mesh

Charlotte Moore’s current exhibition is Off the Wall, at Black Swan Arts, Frome, Somerset. The show features new paintings on wire mesh celebrating images of the odalisque in art history.

The 18-page limited edition catalogue features an introduction by the show’s curator Clive Whalley, as well as an essay by Peter Davis. The format and design are of a piece with previous catalogues that I’ve designed for Charlotte, including The History Room and Elysium. You’ll find them on Charlotte’s website.

INFORM :: Website

screengrab, INFORM website home page with sepia map of the world

INFORM takes the world’s abundant information and produces innovative, meaningful and useful audio-visual materials that explain complex systems and ideas clearly and succinctly.

I’m delighted to be a part of the INFORM team, with responsibility for print and online graphics, website, and project management.

INFORM :: Animation

Screengrab showing a still from INFORM logo animation

I create many of the infographic elements used in INFORM’s current animation projects covering topics in education and contemporary global, political and economic affairs.

As Creative Director I work closely with CEO Peter Marino, developing the graphic and visual vocabularies employed by our designers and animators. You can see several demos and in-progress pieces on the INFORM website and via this link to Vimeo:


Pilgrim and Russell

A new website for Professors Peter Pilgrim and Bruce Russell, exploring their individual and parallel artistc paths as abstract painters.

The site will have a ‘Northern Line’ structure: the premise, followed by lavishly illustrated sections for each of the artists, leading back to a joint analytical summary. We’ll be showing lots of Bruce and Peter’s paintings so you can thoroughly enjoy their enthusiasm for abstraction.

Design for artists, musicians, performers, writers and arts organisations

Art | Books | CSS Culture | Dreamweaver | Editing Education Experience (lots) | Foundation Framework | Galleries Graphics | HTML | InDesign INFORM Illustrator | Jabberwocky | Kilobytes Kuwait | Larousse | Museums Music | New York | Open Source | Photoshop Portsmouth | Quadrivium | Responsive Design | Satie Saussure Science Fiction | Technology Typography | Upanishad | Vade-mecum Vesalius | Websites Winchester WordPress | Xerography | Yport | Zappa Zeno Zoom

‘Old’ Site (December 2012)

It’s already a classic, using stylesheets and code to weave a tapestry of information and ideas. Highlights: Front page with full-size background image and the About page which people seem to like.

What to do next

Please get in touch via email to arrange an informal conversation about your project. You will find me enthusiastic, engaging and resourceful, a conscientous communicator with a great design background and an imaginative editorial outlook.

Email Charles Ryder


The White cock’s tail
Tosses in the wind.
The turkey-cock’s tail
Glitters in the sun.

Water in the fields,
The wind pours down.
The feathers flare
And bluster in the wind.

Remus, blow your horn!
I’m ploughing on Sunday,
Ploughing North America.
Blow your horn!

The turkey-cock’s tail
Spreads to the sun.

The white cock’s tail
Screams to the moon.
Water in the fields.
The wind pours down.

— Wallace Stevens, October 1919

Signature of Wallace Stevens

Signature of Wallace Stevens
This image is in the public domain.


Water in the fields


Contemporary picture of the flood that struck the North Sea coast of Germany and Denmark in October 1634.

This image file has been identified as being free of known restrictions under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights.


The wind pours down


Unknown master, 33-vento orientale, Taccuino Sanitatis, Casanatense 4182, 14th century

This image is in the public domain because its copyright has expired.


The feathers flare

Types de plumes, Larousse pour tous, 1907-1910

Types de plumes, Larousse pour tous, 1907-1910

This image is in the public domain because its copyright has expired.


And bluster in the wind.

Louis XIV dans Le Ballet de la nuit, 1653

Louis XIV dans Le Ballet de la nuit, 1653. It was significant because Louis XIV made his debut at court. This court ballet lasted 12 hours, beginning at sundown and lasting until morning, and consisted of 45 dances. Louis XIV appeared in 5 of them.

This file is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License


Former home of the American poet Wallace Stevens.

Stevens wrote many of his best-known poems while living in this house in Hartford, Connecticut.

Wikipedia, Wallace Stevens