Rodney Blackney

Product & Visual Designer

I believe in using a blend of tools, processes, and ideas to tackle high and low-level problems. Constantly evolving my creative and technical skills, I apply them to diverse methods of problem-solving and understanding.


2021 — Current

Product Designer, Belong

Currently, I'm lucky enough to be part of the design team at Belong, a carbon-neutral mobile and internet provider within the NBN team.

Applied capabilities

• Played a key role in enhancing the existing Belong design system.
• Created user interface designs for the nbn troubleshooting tool project
• UI design for the BYOM project (Bring Your Own Modem)
• Crafted user interface designs for the nbn disconnection tool
• Led the user interface design efforts for the Network Outages project
• Collaborated closely with developers to ensure a smooth handover process. • Transformed wireframe concepts into intuitive user experiences.

Key projects

• Troubleshooting Tool
• Invoice management
• NBN disconnections
• Bring your own modem (BYOM)
• Network Outages

2020 — 2021

Product Design Lead, FrankieOne

After my time at Envato, I was the design lead for FrankieOne a startup that makes it easy for companies to quickly and safely onboard more customers.

Applied capabilities

• Maintained and upgraded existing design systems
• Mentored and managed junior design staff
• Hi-fidelity prototyping
• Developer handover and collaboration
• Worked with product managers and other senior staff

Key projects

• Redesign of an audit reporting system
• Lead design for KYB document upload project
• UI/UX improvements for a client-facing portal
• Responsive web design

2008 — 2020

Multiple Design Roles, Envato

I was lucky enough to be the very first designer hired at Envato, an online creative marketplace, used by millions of people from all over the world.

Applied capabilities

• Website conceptualization, visual design, and creative direction
• Designed and maintained various marketing campaign collateral
• Initiated and contributed to the Envato design system
• Worked across various cross-functional agile teams
• Participated in and conducted user testing, research, and interviews

Key projects

• Initiated and contributed to the Envato design system
• Mentored and managed junior design staff
• Envato Market, Envato Studio, Creattica, Appstorm, Freelance Switch
• Reported to product owners and stakeholder management
• Lead design for a suite of online marketplaces
• Creative direction for multiple marketing campaigns

2004 — 2009

UX/UI Designer, Sportal Australia

Sportal Australia was a sports media company where I was lucky enough to work on large-scale websites and apps for major sports brands.

Applied capabilities

• Working closely within and across multiple teams
• Developed and validated optimal UX/UI patterns
• Design reviews, visual designs, wireframes, sitemaps, and mockups
• Working with developers, marketing, and production staff
• Met very strict product and marketing-directed deadlines
• Met and delivered brand requirements across multiple projects

Key projects

• Australian Football League (AFL)
• Cricket Australia Website
• Telstra Dome Website
• A-League Website
• Commonwealth Games Website


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Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Photoshop Adobe After Effects Whimsical


UI Design
UX Design Interaction Design
Design Systems Identity Design Graphic Design Sketching Wireframes Creative Direction Art Direction


"Rod’s been responsible for a huge volume of Envato's product and marketing design over more than a decade creating beautiful visual campaigns that helped generate millions for our community."


Collis Ta’eed
Founder Envato, COO Hey Tiger

"Rod is a very talented designer, he makes the average look beautiful and the boring look inspired. He speaks with pictures and seeks feedback which he takes on board simply and without fuss."


Layla Foord
Chief Operating Officer, Rex Software

"Every design task he takes on just looks awesome. He was also a really valuable member of my team at Envato, bringing a great sense of humor along with his many years of experience on the product."


Chris Thewell
Design Director, Duck Duck Go

"Rod was fantastic to work with. He has an extremely creative and unique design approach which was consistently impressive. He's also fantastic to work with, bringing a fun energy to the team."


Lauren McNab
Digital Marketing Specialist, Envato

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