And whichever badge styles are decided on… how about floating them to the right to align them? Or maybe stick them on the left to align them? I’m a sucker for alignment. I think. Maybe. Just floating the idea.
I’m not even sure if we need the new indicator. If you care about new topics there’s always the filter for new topics. But if we must have an indicator, using a bold font style could be something to try out.
I wouldn’t change the indicator for updated topics.
I’d also argue the two styles are designed to be a little visually different so you can distinguish new from unread. New is “meh, probably won’t care about this” whereas Unread is “I am very likely to care about this” since it implies you are tracking the topic. I don’t think you want them to look all that similar.
I mean, imagine reading the newspaper:
New is “here’s another article on the page you haven’t read yet, just like many others”
Unread is “here’s an article you previously read for a long time, or circled with your pen”