Dominoes Are More Than Just Dominoes


When you play a game of domino, you line up pieces of a rectangular block, each with a number of spots—also known as pips—on one side and blank or identically patterned on the other. A set contains 28 such pieces and can be used to play many different games. Dominoes can be lined up in straight lines or curved lines, and they can also form grids that create pictures when they fall or 3D structures such as towers and pyramids.

In her quest to create mind-blowing domino art, Hevesh often relies on the laws of physics to ensure that each piece will fall in just the right way. “Gravity is the main thing that makes my projects possible,” she says. When a domino is standing upright, it has potential energy—energy based on its position—but when the first domino falls, some of that energy is converted to kinetic energy, which then pushes the next domino over, setting off a chain reaction.

Hevesh begins each domino project by creating a plan, which is then followed by sketches of the pieces she needs to achieve her vision. She then tests out each section of the design and, if necessary, tweaks it until it works perfectly. The largest domino installations take several nail-biting minutes to fall, and Hevesh spends about half of her time testing and adjusting each section.

The word domino is derived from the Italian and French words for a hooded garment worn over other vestments in cold weather or at masked balls. An even earlier sense of the word referred to a black cloth that contrasted with a priest’s white surplice.

A person who is in control or dominating in an area or activity may be described as a domino. A business that is growing rapidly may be considered a domino, as can a person who has an important influence on others.

Domino is also the name of a popular pizza delivery company, which is expanding its operations to include drone and robotic delivery vehicles. Domino’s CEO recently discussed his vision to reposition the brand by modernizing its image and emphasizing innovation and quality.

In addition to experimenting with new delivery methods, Domino’s has been working hard to address customer complaints about slow service and long wait times. Doyle has revamped the company’s training programs and spoken directly with employees to understand what they want from the brand. He’s also taken steps to reduce the company’s reliance on third-party drivers and invested in infrastructure improvements. Ultimately, his efforts are designed to improve customer satisfaction and boost sales.