Domino is a tile game played by two or more people. The goal is to score points by laying dominoes on the table such that they touch one another (i.e., one’s touch two’s, or four’s touch six’s). When all dominoes are laid the player with the most points wins. The players must alternate their turns. Once a player has laid their last domino, or “knocked out” as the term is commonly known, play passes to the next player. The number of points a player has is indicated by the color of their domino. The most common set of dominoes has twenty-six double-sided tiles with numbers from 0 to 9. More sophisticated sets can contain more than twenty-six pieces.
Each domino has an identifying mark, or “pips,” on one side and is blank or identically patterned on the other. Some dominoes are numbered; others are marked with an arrangement of dots similar to those on a die. The word “domino” comes from the Italian for crown or tiara, and earlier denoted a cape worn over a priest’s surplice, the black domino contrasting with the white of his robe.
The power of the domino is a popular metaphor in business, where it represents how one positive action can trigger a chain reaction that causes other positive changes. A popular example is the story of Domino’s Pizza. In the early 2000s, the company was facing many problems including high turnover and a sagging stock price. Former CEO David Brandon knew they needed to make some changes and he listened to the customers and employees. He implemented a relaxed dress code, new leadership training programs, and a system for college recruiting. This line of communication continued when the company’s new CEO, Don Meij, took over.
Another common usage of the domino is in the phrase “domino effect.” This means that changing one behavior can cause a shift in other behaviors, like eating less fat or spending more time exercising. This is why it’s important to listen to your body and make decisions that are good for you.
In art, domino can be stacked on end to form long lines that topple over when tipped. This allows the creation of very complex designs, from curved lines that create pictures to grids that form different shapes and even 3-D structures such as towers and pyramids. Domino art can be simple or elaborate, depending on the skill of the artist.
Hevesh follows a sort of engineering-design process when creating her mind-blowing domino installations. She tests each section before putting it all together. This helps ensure that each section works properly before moving on to the next. The resulting art is not only beautiful, but also educational, and Hevesh hopes that it will inspire others to get creative with their own domino designs. For more information about this amazing artist and her work, check out her website. You can also watch a video of Hevesh creating her latest installation.