an infographic that is the sole focus & feature of a recent New York Times article, consisting of a set of Chernoff faces based on an annual register of managerial performance data of baseball managers. the collection of staring faces maps rates of bunting, stealing & pinch-hitting into hair sizes, nose shapes & smile widths. the visualization method communicates "distinctions with striking clarity", so that the data face of a Chicago Cubs manager "cowls & looks as if his hair might jump right off his scalp" as well is "intuitively" understandable.
infosthetics is confused about this attention, previously believing empirical research that showed the Chernoff method "lead[s] to slow, inaccurate answers being given with low confidence" (acm.org) & is "a serial process (not pre-attentive)" (purdue.edu)? more opinions about this method can also be found here (eagereyes.org).