John Eaves (1962) began work for Star Trek in 1989, as a model maker on The Final Frontier. His supervisor, Gregory Jein, then brought Eaves with him to The Next Generation. Eaves redesigned the Excelsior to become the Enterprise-B in Generations, after which he replaced Jim Martin as illustrator for Deep Space Nine.
Herman Zimmerman, who had been production designer of both Generations and Deep Space Nine, invited Eaves to Star Trek: First Contact in 1996, where he made his biggest contribution to the franchise. Eaves designed the Enterprise-E and its interiors, including the bridge. He went on to design the Son’a ships of Insurrection and the Scimitar and new Romulan Wardbird of Star Trek: Nemesis.