Hampton C. Wayt is a 20th century design historian and historiographer who specializes in industrial and transportation design. Wayt is a leading force in the preservation of design history, having traveled the country to save dozens of archives of retired designers. He is also a pioneer in the use of design preparatory artwork and models in the context of the design process to create new histories that often reveal facts that contradict accepted narratives.
Among Wayt's scholarly interests is the history of American industrial design education; the interrelationship of art, technology and culture; the design process and its effect on products; and the often curious nature of the fame and legacy of designers.
Wayt often acts as a consultant to design collectors and major institutions. He received his master’s in design history from the Bard Graduate Center in New York, NY, in 2012.