I am looking for a logo for a new brand in the education space. We are a small admissions counseling company that helps clients get into the world's most competitive business schools. We do not yet have a website or existing iconography. We are most interested in seeing concepts that connote "intelligence" or "strategy" such as chess pieces. This is just one idea.
The logo will primarily be used on the website, in social media, and on stationary. We prefer logos with the icon (if there is one) sitting to the left of the name, and where the icon sits next to the stacked name, such that the over shape is more like a square. (I have uploaded a hand-drawn example to show what I mean.)
Also open to ideas involving no icon at all; I have included some examples of famous ones in the attachment.
We prefer not breaking up the words "MBA" and "Game Plan." If the words are stacked, "MBA" may need to be bigger in order for proper spacing, but we don't want "MBA" to stand out way more than "Game Plan."
Colors such as black and brown seem most appealing to us, although we are open to suggestions!