# The Art of Dominoes

Domino, the game of laying dominoes in a line and then flicking one to make it fall, is popular around the world. It has inspired a whole subculture of artists who create mind-blowing domino setups that are not only artistic, but also scientifically and mechanically precise.

When a domino is set up correctly, it has potential energy, which is stored in its stacked configuration. When a person or machine flicks the first domino, that energy transforms into kinetic energy, which is transmitted to the next domino in line, which then falls due to gravity and transfers energy again. This process continues all the way down the line, creating a chain reaction.

Hevesh began making domino art when she was 9 years old, inspired by her grandparents’ 28-pack of classic dominoes. Today, she’s a professional domino artist with more than 2 million YouTube subscribers who have seen her mind-blowing creations. She has also created stunning domino sets for movies, TV shows, and events, including the album launch of Katy Perry.

A domino is a rectangular tile with a value engraved or marked on each side, and a blank or identically patterned other side. The engraved or marked sides are called ends, and the value of an end may range from six pips to none at all. The number of pips on a domino is its rank, and higher ranks mean greater value.

Dominoes can be used for games of chance or skill, and there are many different rules of play. Some domino games have a set goal, such as scoring the most points in a row. Others are simply designed to be beautiful. The game’s popularity has helped it spread to many countries and cultures, where there are now dozens of different versions of the game.

In the game, players score points by completing a domino chain. The first player to do so wins the game. To do this, each domino must touch the end of the previous domino in a matching pair (one’s touching one’s, two’s touching two’s, etc.). The points are scored when the exposed ends total a multiple of five.

When writing a novel, the plotting process can feel like arranging dominoes. Whether you write an outline or improvise on the fly, your story will unfold in the same way: one event leads to another.

The labor shortage has been a major challenge for Domino’s, but I expect the company to continue to thrive as it leverages technology to expand delivery options and increase efficiency in stores.

I am also encouraged by Domino’s commitment to listen to employees, as evidenced by its recent Detroit Free Press Top Workplaces win. This is a key value that should be carried forward by new CEO Brandon Doyle, who has already proven himself as an effective leader of the business. He has focused on employee issues such as the dress code and leadership training programs, and has taken immediate action to address complaints.