Dominoes are small rectangular blocks of wood or plastic resembling dice with dots resembling those found on dice on one side, and an array of blank or identically patterned spots on the opposite face. When correctly played, dominoes form an endless chain that ends when one domino falls from above onto a tabletop to start another round; usually each domino is numbered on both ends (called its pip), and in most games each player must play all his or her dominoes before proceeding further with playing or moving onto another player’s set.
Play continues until both players run out of dominoes or become unable to continue. Points earned are determined by adding up all exposed pips; usually those featuring numbers 2 on both ends will earn more points than ones without this feature; any domino with all dots exposed is known as a double domino.
Frank Morrison first invented domino as an invention designed to appeal to families, groups of friends and even strangers alike. His aim was to design a game which could be enjoyed by young children while still demanding respect from adults.
As he developed the game, he wasn’t sure of its sales strategy; however, he knew he wanted his dominoes manufactured by an established manufacturer; to achieve this end, he turned to Detroit Manufacturing Company in Ypsilanti which agreed to manufacture them and allow him to distribute them across Michigan.
Dominoes quickly became immensely popular and were quickly shipped all across the country. By 1967, he opened his first official Domino’s store in Ypsilanti; since then, over 200 locations have opened with strategic placement near college campuses being key factors to their growth and loyal followings.
Lily Hevesh began her fascination with dominoes at nine years old, when she began setting them up in straight or curved lines and flicking them so that they fell one after the other. Soon thereafter, this passion turned into a profession as a domino artist; her YouTube channel Hevesh5 now boasts over 2 million subscribers!
Hevesh creates intricate domino art ranging from the simple to the complex, making test versions of each section for her installation before starting on assembly – whether flat arrangements, 3-D structures such as towers or pyramids or intricate grids which form pictures when they fall.