It was like that in Diablo 1.
In diablo 1 it was because it was so friggin' hard to see everything. In this game it's probably so you can keep track of what you are targeting and where it is amidst the chaos of spells going off and body parts flying.
I like it a lot, but it is a bit thick.
Ugh. I gotta be honest, I am not a fan of how it looks. :-P
But everything else has me excited. :-)
potions > globes