Smile M. Indias is currently a T. Rowe Price Foundation Fellow and an Associate at the Center for Social Design at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Aside from leading the design research of the BCAN Mobile Unit, she is also a Social Design Advisor to the Baltimore Police Department working towards an inclusive implementation of the City of Baltimore Consent Decree.
Before moving to the US, she served five years as a Senior Graphic Designer, eventually the Creative Director, for the former Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino lll as part of his Strategic Communications Office. During that period, she worked on developing print and web materials that translate complicated government documents into digestible pieces of information for the consumption of the general public. She has also worked on key transparency and accountability initiatives of the administration, namely the open government data portal of the country (www.data.gov.ph) and the Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines (www.gov.ph).
Additionally, Smile was Adjunct Faculty at Ateneo de Manila University for six years. Smile graduated cum laude and received a BFA in Information Design from Ateneo de Manila University; she received an MA in Social Design from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She was born and raised in Manila, Philippines and is currently based in Baltimore, Maryland.