I happen to like the new Google UI myself, but at the same time I know other people out there who could do without it. And this article does a fairly good job at illustrating this fact.
The good news is that Google is not leaving those who prefer the old UI, totally out in the cold. That’s right, you can still access the original UI from this link here.
That’s right, you can have your cake and eat it too. This translates into access to Google the way you want it, visually, with the kind of experience that you’ve come to love. Speaking for myself, I will stick with the new UI as it presents things in a fairly comprehensive manner.