When you find yourself arguing or complaining about design, stop and think. Hold your judgement. Wait it out. Try the new design for a while and see how it actually feels. The way you rationally think about design changes is not how you will actually interact with the new design. Your opinion is valid but probably irrelevant.
I've seen reactions like this recently with a product I work on and many others that I use. People deal with it like the five stages of grief (and please, I don't mean to trivialize real grieving):
- Denial: "This must be temporary, this redesign can't be permanent."
- Anger: "This design is terrible, why would they do this to us?"
- Bargaining: "Just give me an option to use the old design please!"
- Depression: "Ugh-- now I need to find a replacement to use instead."
- Acceptance: "Well, I guess I'll give it a shot and see how it goes."
So please: Trust designers, have an open mind, stop complaining.