I found the task of Illustrating this article rather challenging, and perhaps not in a good way. I feel this was mainly due to the informal and confusing nature of the article, coupled with its somewhat tedious length. It took a fair few reads in order to actually find its USP.
Due to the article being fairly laid back I opted to focus on a more stylised, almost cartoon-like set of images, drawing from the Hobbit idea; hence the ring, and the idea of them being diminutive in stature, highlighted by the police lineup height chart.
When asked, the majority of people I showed said the both preferred and understood the height chart idea so i think this is the idea I will take forward into development.