Dominoes are small, flat rectangular blocks of wood or bone used for gaming. Known by many nicknames, including bones, men, cards, tiles, or even tickets, the domino is a form of game that is both educational and fun. People enjoy lining up dominoes in straight or curved lines and then knocking them down. Other people like to make artistic designs by arranging dominoes in grids that form pictures or by building structures out of them, such as towers and pyramids. Some even use them to create a musical accompaniment for performances.
Lily Hevesh, a self-taught domino artist, began playing with the classic 28-piece set that her grandparents had when she was 9. Her fascination with the game continued as she grew up, and she eventually started posting videos of her creations online. Now, Hevesh has more than 2 million YouTube subscribers who watch her build mind-blowing domino setups.
She says that she follows a version of the engineering-design process when creating her designs. She starts by considering the theme or purpose of an installation and brainstorms images or words she might want to use. Then she plans out how the pieces will be laid out, including any tracks that will need to be created. Finally, she calculates how many dominoes are needed to achieve the desired effect.
When Hevesh first saw an ad for Domino’s Pizza, she realized that the company shared her passion for making people happy. She had read that one of the Domino’s core values is “Champion Our Customers.” Hevesh believes that Domino’s has been successful at doing this by listening to customer feedback and implementing changes quickly.
Domino’s has also worked hard to improve the quality of its products and services, such as expanding its delivery and ordering options. The company has also invested in new technology, such as drones and autonomous vehicles, to help it increase its delivery capacity and provide better service.
Another way that Domino’s has succeeded is by listening to its employees. When Domino’s former CEO, David Brandon, recognized that his company had high turnover rates, he made changes to the workplace that included a more flexible dress code and leadership training programs that focused on employee well-being. When Dominick Doyle became the CEO of Domino’s, he kept up these efforts and championed the value of listening to employees.
In addition to the standard blocking and scoring games, dominoes can be used to play other types of games, such as solitaire or trick-taking games. These games are often adaptations of card games and were once popular in places where religious proscriptions prohibited the playing of cards. Other games include counting the number of pips on opposing dominoes, using doubles as two or one (for example, a 6-6), and counting the number of blanks or zeros (for instance, a 6-6 counts as 12). The player who scores the most points in a given round wins the game.