What do you call a person that goes for functionality, yet not for the beauty of set things?

For example in a game, this person builds things that are well made and functioning, but lack on the creative and beautiful side.

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    What do you mean by “the beautifulness of set things”? What is a set thing? – Janus Bahs Jacquet Apr 21 at 14:26
  • @JanusBahsJacquet I think it's meant to refer back to the things they built in the example. – JJJ Apr 21 at 16:26
  • Please provide an example sentence for clarity. – jimm101 May 3 at 13:06
  • The word utilitarian might be suitable for the context you describe.. – Sven Yargs May 3 at 18:06

I would call that person a Minimalist.

belonging or relating to a style in art, design, and theatre that uses the smallest range of materials and colours possible, and only very simple shapes or forms:

-Cambridge Dictionary on-line

They don't do anything more than necessary. However, I feel that there's a better word for it.

EDIT: I think the better term for it I had on my tongue is a Pragmatic person.

pragmatic : relating to matters of fact or practical affairs often to the exclusion of intellectual or artistic matters : practical as opposed to idealistic

-Merriam Webster on-line

  • Hello, Lassy, and welcome to EL&U. Notice I edited your answer to bring it up to site standards i.e. include citation, source, and link. – Cascabel Apr 21 at 15:09
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    @Cascabel Thank you – Lassy Apr 21 at 15:45
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    Pragmatic is much more appropriate than minimalist. Something that is minimalist does not need to lack creativity or beauty. (In fact, I was on the verge of downvoting this when I saw your second word.) I would edit your answer to reverse the position of the two words—so that the more appropriate one is read first. – Jason Bassford Apr 21 at 15:59
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    The noun is, of course, 'pragmatist'. – Philip Wood Apr 21 at 17:13
  • "Minimalist" describes someone who does a job in the simplest way possible to meet requirements. It does not speak to quality or preference between function and aesthetic in any way. "Pragmatist" is a better fit by a mile, though "pragmatist" does not convey that the person so described is skilled in the practice about which he or she is pragmatic. – R Mac Apr 21 at 17:32

How about prosaic?

From Cambridge:

without interest, imagination, and excitement:

If only she'd been called Camilla or Flavia instead of the prosaic Jane.

He asked if I'd got my black eye in a fight - I told him the prosaic truth that I'd banged my head on a door.



From Collins Dictionary:

If you call someone a philistine, you mean that they do not care about or understand good art, music, or literature, and do not think that they are important.



a person regarded as smugly narrow and conventional in views and tastes, lacking in and indifferent to cultural and aesthetic values


  • Although I would argue that philistine gives a pejorative connotation, which the OP might not be seeking. – Zack May 3 at 13:39
  • @Zack I agree. It's hard to interpret "smugly narrow" as positive. :-) – jimm101 May 3 at 13:58

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