On August 10th there is going to be a very cool BayCHI panel, down at ye old Xerox Parc research center. David Temkin (from Laszlo), Mike Sundermeyer (from Macromedia), Iain Lamb and Ethan Diamond from Oddpost, and Jim Hobart (from Classic Systems Solutions) are going to be talking about RIAs and how they impact usability.
This discussion should be good. A lot of the focus on RIAs so far has been on the development end of things: this panel will really focus on the usability and design challenges in RIA development. There should also be some discussion of ROI / business issues. I’ve seen Mike and David speak previously, and and they’re both articulate, bright people with strong opinions about what software interfaces will be like in the future. The Oddpost guys (the odd couple?) should have something interesting to say about building a killer app, RIA-style.