Designing Domino Sets

Domino is a small rectangular block used as a gaming object. It bears an arrangement of dots, or pips, on one side, and blank or identically patterned on the other. A domino set has many different games that can be played with it.

Dominos are most often used for positional games, where players take turns placing dominoes in a row so that the adjacent edges match or form a specified total (such as five to five, six to six, or seven to seven). The other common way to use dominoes is to create elaborate designs using the pieces as building blocks. Creating such structures is also known as domino art, and it can range from simple lines or arcs to grids that form pictures when the dominoes fall.

In the game of domino, players accumulate points during play for certain configurations or moves, or by emptying their hand. The player who wins a game or finishes with the most points is declared the winner.

There are numerous ways to play a game of domino, and the rules vary somewhat by country and culture. In the United States, most of the popular games are based on matching tiles or numbers. Other games are based on chance, such as drawing or luck of the draw, and still others combine elements of strategy with chance, such as a variation of a draw game in which players must pick an opening double before playing any more dominoes.

A domino can also be a metaphor for a chain reaction that can affect events in unexpected or unanticipated ways. For example, the death of a young person might lead to other tragic deaths, or a financial crisis could trigger a domino effect, where credit unions merge or are taken over by larger banks.

Hevesh, who works on projects involving millions of dominoes and has more than 2 million YouTube subscribers, says that when she is designing an intricate domino setup, she follows a version of the engineering-design process. She considers the theme or purpose of the installation, then brainstorms images or words she might want to incorporate into the design.

In the Domino’s case, this included taking a hard look at the company’s employee issues and talking directly to workers about their concerns. The previous CEO, David Brandon, and current CEO, Peter Doyle, both participated in employee training programs and met with employees to hear directly what they had to say.

This line of communication is an important part of how Domino’s approaches its business and is a key component of the company’s values. One of those values is to “Champion Our Customers.” In the context of the article, this means that Domino’s listens closely to customer complaints and addresses them quickly, even if it disrupts decades of tradition. It is this type of direct communication that helped Domino’s get back on track after a difficult stretch. In the end, this is what helps the company continue to be a top workplace in the nation.