Reid Henkel

Experience Designer

Reid has always been fascinated with people and human behavior. As an Experience Designer at BIF, he draws upon his background in psychology and design to understand users needs and employ a human-centered design process to change their experiences with the world around them. With a background in youth development, he is especially interested in using this approach to create innovative change within the world of education.

For his graduate thesis, Reid explored ways in which design can help high school students mitigate the effects of low-grade chronic stress. He partnered with a New York City public school, and created a ten-week curriculum that guided students through a series of design activities that built a greater awareness of how their stress manifested in their daily lives. He also has experience in workshop design and facilitation, as well as co-creation and participatory design.

He holds a BA in Psychology from Rice University in Houston, Texas. He also received an MFA in Transdisciplinary Design from Parsons School of Design, where he used design methodologies to address complex social issues.

Reid enjoys finding new places to eat, good music, and good company. You can probably find him exploring Providence on his bike (even in the cold winter months).