I agree that the strategic view is starting to feel too stylized, but relatively speaking it's still a lot clearer than the 3D mode. Perhaps when the SDK is released, we would be able to mod the graphical assets to make a real strategic mode. I do want to note that aesthetics is not necessarily about art or graphics, all user interface design need to have aesthetics in mind. It can be aesthetically pleasing yet still be minimalistic, clear, concise, efficient and accurate. Personally I like the Civ V treatment where improvements appear as icons so it doesn't obscure the underlying terrain and feature. The one thing I seriously cannot accept in the current strategic view is the fog of war. I feel the whole implementation of fog of war in Civ VI completely destroys any credibility in their claim of making the map easy to read.