Our client, T-Systems Hungary reached out to us in September to tell us that they needed a playful demo to present their cybersecurity-related products and to raise attention to the importance of cybersecurity. During our brainstorming sessions, we found dominoes to be the best analogy. The mechanism of the domino effect is very similar to a cyberattack. When a system is deactivated/hacked, it causes smaller and closely interconnected systems to be deactivated one after the other as well. We created the domino demo table based on this logic to illustrate the process properly.
We started the logical and mechanical design stages simultaneously. After we researched the most vulnerable computer-controlled systems – the attack of which leads to the most critical consequences – and built up the ‘map’ of the table in our minds, we went to the nearby toy store, then a DIY store. We bought everything we needed and began calculating on the office floor where we measured the perfect distance and proper turn angle to ensure a failsafe operation, all based on what we learnt from the widely popular domino record setting TV shows of the past.