Lightning Strikes in Centennial T-Shirt Design Contest for Employees

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The results are in for Lockheed Martin’s Centennial T-Shirt Design Contest for employees: Danielle Forshtay of Philadelphia, Pa., and her P-38 Lightning design have been voted the winner!

Join the Lockheed Martin Social Media Team for a conversation with Danielle and learn what inspired her to feature the P-38 Lightning in her winning design:

Tell us a little bit about yourself. What’s your role here at Lockheed Martin? Have you always been interested in aviation and/or design?

Danielle:
My title is Administrative Support Specialist, and I work in Business Services in Moorestown, N.J. Working in Business Services provides me the opportunity to work alongside creative people and challenge myself.

YES, I’ve always been interested in design! I am an artist and graphic design is one of my favorite mediums, next to pencil & paper. I’m self-taught and have been doing graphic design as a hobby for 10 years. I was so excited to get the chance to do something I love to do for Lockheed Martin.

Why did you choose to feature this particular aircraft in your design? What about this plane inspired you?

Danielle:  I wanted to use one of the older aircraft so I could give it a retro look.  I did some research and based my design on a woman working on the Lockheed Vega in the 1940s. During that time there was a big push for women to join the workforce as so many men were off to war and leaving jobs unfilled. It sparked tons of posters and advertisement showing women, like Rosie the Riveter, getting out there and doing what had been traditionally a ‘man’s job.’

What has been the most interesting thing you’ve learned from Lockheed Martin’s Centennial commemoration activities?
Danielle:
  I was given the opportunity to go to Baltimore for the Centennial celebration. Working with photographers, Joe Mancini & Linda Hughes, I was able to enjoy both the backstage and employee event. Joe took pictures of individuals in these large cut outs… one was a woman aviator and the other was Glenn Martin. It was so neat to see how much being a part of history really excites people and when they stepped into Glenn Martin’s shoes you could tell they took pride in their piece of the company.

What sorts of innovations do you hope to see from Lockheed Martin in the next 100 years?

Danielle:  While I won’t personally be working on the next technology to set standards, I think it’s important that we all realize we do have an impact on the company’s overall success. The kind of innovation I hope to see more of is directly in the workforce: Growing individuals in their careers, developing skills and challenging employees across the corporation to go above and beyond in their work. When someone takes pride in what they do and enjoys their employer they will not only go on to do great things but hopefully they will lead others into even greater things.

About the Centennial T-Shirt Design Contest

To mark our 100th anniversary, we commemorated the innovations and achievements that helped our customers rise to some of the world’s most vital challenges.

From Oct. 15-Nov. 15, 2012, employees who are fans of Lockheed Martin on Facebook were invited to submit a T-shirt design inspired by Lockheed Martin aircraft from past and present. A panel of judges down-selected to two finalists, and Lockheed Martin employees voted to choose the winner.

The winning T-shirt was made available for purchase in the Lockheed Martin Centennial Store. Additionally, the winner received a prize pack that included the complete Lockheed Martin Centennial T-shirt collection and custom leather bomber jacket.

A similar version of this contest was sponsored for fans of Lockheed Martin’s Facebook page who are non-employees. Meet the winner of that contest here.

This was the second social media contest related to Lockheed Martin’s Centennial.

Also see the winning design from the general contest


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Danielle Forshtay from Philadelphia, Pa. created the winning employee submitted design.


Danielle Forshtay's winning employee  design, featuring the P-38 Lightning.