John Grimes is a professor emeritus at the IIT Institute of Design, where he teaches courses in interactive media, software design, visualization of information, and imaging. His research at ID examines the uses of images in interactive media, the future of publications, and the development of user-research methods. One of his current projects, a software-based system for facilitating research into user values, has been sponsored by ID’s Tangible Knowledge Consortium, a unique corporate-sponsored research initiative funded by Motorola, Steelcase, Lante, Andersen, and Zebra Technologies. Along with Professor Whitney, he has participated in the development of the Electronic Learning Record, now Bettr@, under the sponsorship of the MacArthur Foundation.

Professor Grimes is also a leader in the development of computer-supported digital imaging and is an authority on the history and development of photography. He has written and lectured extensively about these subjects, and in 1992 he co-edited The New Vision, published by Aperture. He has been a frequent juror for computer animation competitions.

Over the years Professor Grimes has participated in many professional organizations, including the Society for Photographic Education and ACM-SIGGRAPH. He has organized symposia on the future of the image in publication, and his own images have been included in a number of exhibitions and permanent gallery collections. He holds a BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MS from IIT Institute of Design.