I just committed the revised badging code. SVN users, update to at least revision 14849 14850 to see what it looks like.
I want you to use this for at least a couple of days, up to a week. Compare it to how you liked the previous EMD icon (status-icon-only). After you’ve given it time and reached a decision, drop us a line — you can find out how at the ContactUs page on the wiki.
UPDATE 4:22 PM: There was a bug (unrelated) in 14849 that kept Adium from launching. Update to 14850.