When deciding how to style the graphic elements of a table, the goal should always be to reduce the table’s footprint without losing structural fidelity. One of the ways you can accomplish this is by using as little “ink” as possible — that is, whenever possible, choose not to style an element.
Design Better Data Tables
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It’s sometimes easier to think about this in terms of making sure that you have a rationale for every style choice you make. When the answer is something like “because I like it better,” that’s a fairly reliable flag you’re over designing.

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