About Knut

Knut Melvær (b. 1985) is a graduate in the study of religion\s who has pivoted into technology. He is currently working as Head of Developer Relations at Sanity.io. Previously he has been a senior technology consultant at Netlife, a reknowned Norwegian UX- and Design Agency. Before that a PhD Fellow at the University of Bergen.

As a technology consultant, he has held workshops in user research, technology strategy, and web development. He has been involved in projects with a wide range of clients such as Energi og Klima, NDLA, Enivest, Fearnley Offshore Supply, Norwegian Fund and Asset Management Association, Warner Music, De Bergenske Hotels, The Norwegian Government Agency for Financial Management, U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, The City of Oslo, and Gjensidige.

Knut has extensive experience in research, dissemination, teaching, and writing. He has organized and taught courses from undergraduate to graduate level at university. His fields of study have been quantiative and qualitative methodologies in the study of religion, the evolutionary and cognitive science of religion, new religiosity, and digital humanities. He has done podcast interviews of Holberg Prize laureates and been a columnist in newspapers like Klassekampen, Sysla, and Morgenbladet.

To get in touch, please contact Knut by email or DM on twitter. You can also add him to your professional network on LinkedIn

Speaking & Workshops


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How we made TeamFeed™ …in less than a week

In this talk, Espen and I shared our process behind prototyping TeamFeed, a social sharing service for teams, using only Sanity Studio.

Web Development for Librarians

A two-day workshop on web development for the students of Library and Information Science.

Sanity.io with Simen Skogsrud & Knut Melvær

Simen & Knut stop by to talk about Sanity.io - why they developed it, what it does, who it's for, and the types of projects they see people using Sanity for.

HTML All The Things: Sanity.io w/ Knut Melvær

I joined Matt and Mike on their HTML All The Things podcast to talk about everything Sanity.io and how to work with headless CMSs and structured content.

What We've Been Working On

A short talk about what Sanity.io has been up to lately. Q & A.

Open souring GROQ

In this lightning talk, I got to announce the open-sourcing of GROQ – Graph-Relational Object Queries on stage at JAMstack_conf London. I also demonstrated the new CLI we made that lets you query any JSON document locally or from the web.

Designing with Structured Content

All organizations maintain a universe of text, images, and media in order to market and explain their activities. We all know how “technical debt” (crufty code that we promised ourselves to fix soon) can hold back our speed and flexibility and ultimately bar us from important opportunities. Content debt works exactly the same. Being a startup is not knowing exactly how you should communicate, almost by definition. Having the ability to iterate on content and presentation in your communication is absolutely critical in terms of executing on a successful go to market strategy. Designing with Structured Content is absolutely key to achieving this.

In this talk, we’ll show you why Sanity.io enable this approach, and some successful patterns we have seen designing with structured content.

Structured Content Done Right with San​i​ty​.io

In this episode we have on Knut Melvær from San​i​ty​.io to talk about cre­at­ing struc­tured con­tent in the ​“head­less” CMS that is San​i​ty​.io!

We talk about how a head­less CMS has a dif­fer­ent approach from a tra­di­tion­al CMS, and Sanity’s approach to the tack­ling the job of defin­ing schema, and deliv­er­ing a user friend­ly back­end for con­tent editors.

We dis­cuss what sets San­i­ty apart from oth­er sim­i­lar ​“CMS as a ser­vice” prod­ucts out there, name­ly the real­time col­lab­o­ra­tion and the exten­sive cus­tomiz­abil­i­ty that it offers. Tune in for a very inter­est­ing discussion!

Deploying a Structured Content Startup Starter Kit in 20 minutes

In this talk we'll demonstrate how to quickly configure a headless content backend on Sanity, that effortlessly integrates with Google Assistant, builds a frontend on Gatsby, and deploy it on a global app delivery network like Netlify. Let's JAMstack with GraphQL on the Serverless!

Structured Content. Done Right: 5 strategies for doing headless projects, without losing your heads

This is the talk I wish I had heard before running projects that use headless CMSes. While there are often good directions on the technical details, there’s something lacking in the conversation when it comes to a broader approach from a content and project management perspective. Which is weird, because, in our (i.e. my) experience, a digital project where the content is structured behind APIs is very compatible with successful cross-disciplinary project work. Because it allows us to try out things with less friction and isolates dependencies in a more helpful way. In this talk, I’ll suggest some overarching strategies, with some concrete real-world examples.

Code School

One day workshop on getting started with web development.

Web Development for Librarians

A two-day workshop on web development for the students of Library and Information Science.

How Netlife use Slack

Anja and Knut break down how the UX- and design agency Netlife use Slack effectively and offers 10 tips for how to get started.

Survival Kit for The Age of Technology

Last June, our Norwegian partner the Bergen Centre for Electronic Arts, also known as BEK, tackled a broad and deep topic: the conceptualisation of a “survival kit” for the Age of Technology. At this occasion, BEK has invited three speakers to give their opinion of what could be included in a survival pack that will prepare us for participation in the technological age. The purpose of this event is comprehension – a place where people can meet at the intersection of knowledge, experience and a sense of belonging. Survival Kit for the Age of Technology seminar is the first event to be part of our curatorial topic: Future DiverSystems.

BEK has invited Knut Melvær to help them with Challenge No.1 – to operate/act in the Age of Technology – what ought we to master?

From Zero to Production in 20 minutes with Sanity and Nuxt.js

In this session, Knut Melvær will live and demonstrate how you get started with a Nuxt-based (nuxtjs.org) webpage with Sanity (sanity.io) as the backend. It will be a chance to get more familiar with the Nuxt-framework, as well as some core features and considerations using Sanity as a headless CMS.

Adventures in Headless with Next.js and Sanity

In this talk, Knut will take us through a project built with the SSR React framework Next.js with Sanity as a backend. We'll take a closer look at patterns and lessons learned from building a production website.

Web Development for Grown-ups

A six-night course for grown-ups that wanted to get started with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

The Web Where We Live

The early web sparked so much more than anyone had anticipated. And many of us who grew up in that wild wilderness of the early web, also grew up to have it as our day job. The web has evolved, and the wilderness has given way to four-lane highways and skyscrapers. While the early web helped foster so much innovation, we ponder what the current web will lead to. The ideas behind the once open, flexible and democratic World Wide Web are too important to leave behind.

In this talk, Knut and Nils muse on what makes the web what it is, and why this is not a given. We ask how the choices we make in interaction design, coding and digital strategy can leave people better prepared for the digital future, and challenge how we talk and think about the people who use the stuff we make.

What kind of web do we want to leave for those who come next?

Corpora do what? On Theory, Method, and Data in Digital Humanities

Having stumbled my way into the Digital Humanities, I have had to overcome an array of challenges when it comes to messy data, undocumented and buggy software, the rapid advancements in the tech world, and the scarcity of theorizing about what digital methods such as “distant reading” really tell us. In this session, I will invite you to explore some of these issues and discuss how we can make DH more approachable with regards to theory and method.

Aleut: A CSS Strategy for Teams

Aleut.css is a fork of Harry Robert’s CSS framework Inuit. In this workshop, we, demonstrate how to get started with Aleut, and how it represents a better way for teams to build a sustainable and reliable design system.