I long for the days when you could replace the official graphics with your own as there were a range of great skins available. (Yes, I have been playing that long.) Now, all my buildings look the same shade of brown and the only way to tell them apart on the phone is to open the the building and see if it is the one you want. Really limits game play.
As far as the rest of the "design" is concerned, it is far too busy and takes the focus away from the game. What was a clean, focused look has become cluttered and busy. I don't understand the reasons for rearranging the buildings in the village. These seems an unnecessary change.
There may have been improvements in the game play, but I'm not sure that I care enough to find out, or buy more gold. I'll probably throw my troops at a plan capture, hand it to my alliance and delete. I'll see how it looks on my iPad tonight.