Unfortunately I think I have to agree with Blender moving in the wrong direction.
I have been using Blender for over 10 years and I dislike many changes in 2.8.
These are the worst:
1. New toolbar
Toolbar in Blender 2.8 is pretty much as good as dead to me.
The developers decided to add more useless stuff in the toolbar and remove everything that I actually used.
Now I have to click the header buttons to open the list and search for the things I need. So because of the new toolbar many of the features now require more clicking.
Who thinks more clicking is an improvement?
2. Top bar
Now this is one of the most idiotic “improvement” in Blender 2.8.
I like to split my viewport in to 4 pieces (2x2). And when I do weight painting for example, I usually do it in bottom right viewport. And what that means is that when ever I want to adjust my brush size, I need to move my mouse from the bottom to the very top of my monitor where the top bar is. It may not sound that bad if you are using a small monitor but when using large high DPI monitor, it slows you down a lot.
Another option is to open the active tools in the properties panel. But once again it means that I need to do more clicking than in 2.79 and still the brush settings are not close enough to the viewport I’m working in.
I can only guess what was going on in the person’s head who thought this is a good idea.
3. Single column layout in properties panel
It may be a good thing for people who have laptop or small monitor.
But I think developers completely forgot that monitors are getting bigger and resolutions are increasing all the time. Not the other way around.
I have 43" 4K monitor so for me the single column layout means much more scrolling which definately is a step to worse. And there is not options to adjust it.
I don’t like the new “cool” black&white silhouette look. Since almost everything is now black&white I think it’s much more difficult to find what you are looking for. Having colored icons made remembering and finding things easier.
Someone might think the new black&white style looks cooler than the old style but Blender is a TOOL so in my opinion the usability should be the priority number 1.
Of course there are many good improvements too but some things just don’t make any sense.