Web designers, graphic designers, painters, sculptors and whittlers are all largely considered creatives.

If web developers, software developers, programmers and engineers are not also considered creatives - and they usually aren't, in the average person's use of the word - what are they? Is there an antonym for "creatives"?

Example sentence:

Both creatives and [non-creatives] need to work together and adapt to one another's needs to achieve our company's goals.

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    – tchrist
    Commented Jan 24, 2017 at 0:55

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How about technician?


technician: a person who is trained or skilled in the technicalities of a subject

Technicians are typically trained and skilled but not creative. They focus primarily on helping to implement the ideas of others.

Addendum: Now that you've added an example sentence, how about implementer?


implementer: one who implements

implement: Put (a decision, plan, agreement, etc.) into effect

Your example:

Both creatives and implementers need to work together and adapt to one another's needs to achieve our company's goals.

  • It's not very clear from the dictionary definitions... but a technician is a doer rather than a thinker. "web developers, software developers, programmers and engineers" would all (in my experience) object to being called "technicians". Taking formula 1 as an example: Adrian Newey (car designer) is an engineer and not a technician; the mechanics who change the tyres in a pitstop could conceivably be called technicians.
    – AndyT
    Commented Jan 19, 2017 at 16:30
  • @AndyT I agree that some would object to being called technicians. They would consider it pejorative because it conveys a sense of being workmanlike, not creative. It could apply not only to certain IT people but also to painters, designers, musicians, etc. Commented Jan 19, 2017 at 17:28

Not an exact antonym, but consider techieCollins

(noun) informal A person who is skilled in the use of technological devices, such as computers

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