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‘Introflirted’ Postcards Let Romantic Introverts Skip The Small Talk

Houston author and illustrator Josh Ryan Higgins discusses his collection of romantic postcards for introverts.

Introflirted Postcards
Josh Ryan Higgins created “Introflirted,” love note postcards for the introverted.

A long happy hour with new coworkers. A three-day-long music festival. A five-course dinner party for ten at your best friend's home.

These are the enemies of introverts.

In a world where dating and getting to know someone romantically can involve loud group activities, introverts can struggle with communicating their desires.

That’s why Josh Ryan Higgins created Introflirted, a series of postcard love notes for introverts to help them bypass the awkward one-liners and gently make their crush or loved one aware of their feelings.

The illustrations came to Higgins after a party when he wrote down, "I want to leave everybody at this stupid party with you."

It suddenly occurred to him that was the perfect thing to say after a long night of not talking to them at all.

"We should have a game plan for exiting group conversations," declares one card complete with football tactical symbols of two X symbols escaping a group of Os. For couples who dread long bouts of small talk with acquaintances, a partner who slides in to make up an excuse to exit can be a white knight in low profile cardigan.

Higgins uses hand lettering and bold reds to convey the introvert's enthusiastic need to spend time with a loved one and small fonts for quiet declarations that very little talking or moving is necessary (or even wanted) for a romantic time together.

When asked if Higgins ever used Introflirted for his own crushes, he looked away.

“Now I'm too busy to use it," he said.

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