After further investigating the preferences I have managed to change the look of Cubase to suit my eyes better. I apologize for my ignorance. I tried to change the colors in the User interface - Color Scheme before, but could not achieve what I was looking for. I should try harder before I went ranting to the forums. Now before I make an even bigger fool of myself, I should stop writing here and go back to work.
This is what I have to look at while I make music in Cubase 12. I don’t like it. My eyes and head start to hurt after some time. There’s too much contrast and too much rough sharpness on the screen for work to be enjoyable.
Great design is not “something you need to get used to” but it’s something you fall in love with immediately. This looks like something I would need a lot of time to adjust to.
I personally would be very grateful if there was a way of making this more suitable for my work. I would love to see an option that would make everything look more smooth like it was in 8.5 for example.
In music terms - to my eyes this design looks like a heavily unbalanced audio mix. It needs adjustments to become usable.