Describing images of their work, Milan-based Density Design stray deep in to non Computer-Aided-Design-monkey territory when they write:
Often love affairs are unstable, fleeting and unpredictable. It seems emotions change in a chaotic way.
Now most of us just get buffeted by the emotional turbulence; but this isn't good enough for the group of academics and students of Communications Design at the Politecnico di Milano.
Earlier this year, in a Herculean move, they decided to chart a course through the chaos of love and model a relationship as a dynamic system.
They took one of the greatest films of all time - French filmmaker François Truffaut's Jules et Jim - and sought to synthesize in to a mathematical model
psycho-physical features of the three
characters and their long and turbulent
What followed was a sequence of graphics that map the course of human relations in the film - cutely assuming that love relationships are "dynamic" (don't stop reading) and ignoring scuzzy soap and socks left on the floor.
You'll find background on the project at Density Design's blog, a complete set of visualisations on Flickr but here's a sample of their mapping of the triangulated trauma of characters Jules, Jim and Catherine.
The path of the characters through the story, visualised by Francesca Castelli:
The skeleton of their love affairs, visualised by Anna Bobilewicz:
And the spiral of love intensity (my fave), visualised by Roberta Rota:
The writer of Jules et Jim was Henri-Pierre Roche, a Dadaist womanizer who's said to have modelled relationships in the film on his own love triangles - God help him!
But isn't this a great project?
It brings science to storytelling, implicitly acknowledges the value of time in human relations and in spite of all of its typographic neurosurgery, love affairs remain as unstable, fleeting and unpredictable as ever.
Thanks to Density for their permission to publish images here. (And sorry, lost the source of the image at the top.)