Wow, I sign on to dA to suddenly find it looks much more cluttered than I remember. My signature thing is looking pretty awful too. I don't find the idea of revamping with symbols appalling, but I do have 2 major problems: You don't have to add a symbol to external links, and There should be happy symbols for non-premium members too. Doesn't seem fair --they could have smiley faces or something: I think that'd be fun and happy.
Anyway, if you're tired of looking at bulky symbols, I encourage you to look at these beautiful pieces made by beautiful artists instead. (see, I would normally put my little links to my facebook page, tumblr, etsy, etc. down here, but they just feel so awkward with the new dA link styling...)