Please share your feedback in more details, if nobody asks this we will never consider doing this ourselves. If we ruined some common usability patterns we should better know this and consider fixing it.
Design is of cause a matter of personal taste, but you can easily remove icons in personal settings. Now the only change would be menu color from orange to dark, but that I would guess can be changed by custom CSS in personal settings.
I updated KVS to the latest version and realized it was a mistake. It is impossible to use the new admin panel. Terrible usability, terrible design.
I spent 4 hours in attempts to make custom css and realized that this is a job for days...
Are there anyone here who had to roll back to a previous version because of this? Anyone waiting for a skin with the old admin panel in new KVS from developers? :)