A VR fitness app launched on the Oculus Quest. That app that was the center of the FTC filing against Meta
MY ROLE: lead the UX design, contributed to UI, and sole designer on design systems for all verticals throughout the full product lifecycle
The core parts of the Supernatural system are the VR app (Oculus) and the mobile app (iOS and Android)
I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a fitness person. While there was some work done by the wider company on market research, I wanted to dig deeper into user motivations, user behaviors, and fitness competitors because it was definitely not in my wheelhouse so I did my own research.
I dug through forums, Reddit threads, YouTube videos, app downloads, research papers, and more to try pinpoint key areas that were repeated by folks interested in technology-assisted fitness. There were a couple of things that kept coming up:
I led the UI and UX of the product from beginning until launch, then supported new features for the remainder at my time there.
Key highlights include:
I also did tools work, helping out with both UI and UX design on the Supernatual Mapping Tool that enabled our level designers to map targets to moments in songs. This encompassed everything from proposing small UX fixes to make things easier to understand for users, to designing new features, to revamping the entire UI aesthetic, through to complete UX overhaul proposals. Admittedly everything was fairly low priority on my end since I was still covering design on the live app, so things tended to be a bit rushed, but working on the editor was a bit of a treat!
I worked with the design team collectively to ideate and test all aspects of the app, including the actual fitness experience. During this process, I often advocated for user needs, especially as it related to things like avatar design proposals (no masculine robots please!), game mechanic implications on specific user groups (a high focus on calories can be triggering for folks with eating disorders--a group that has a lot of crossover with fitness), and information gathering (trans people answering a question about gender that impacts scoring may lead to frustration and inaccurate reporting).
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Hi there! I’m Zach, a Designer for Supernatural. I've been lucky to work at a company that supports me in my transition as a #trans man. With #pridemonth coming to a close, I wanted to point out some things about Supernatural that make it trans friendly to use all year round! • Our scoring system is designed to be based on your personal achievement and capabilities—not measured against averages based on your gender. • Inside Supernatural, you don’t have to worry about what your body looks like. All you need to focus on is hitting targets and squatting into triangles • Our coaches are there to encourage you, regardless of your gender or your gender presentation” What aspects of Supernatural make YOU feel free to be yourself? Let us know in the comments below 👇