Way back before I was really confident in my career (AKA still scrambling for work every day), I decided to take on The Futur's Spartan Logo Design Challenge. The idea was to create a new, clean logo design for the Spartan Race, and submit the design publicly on social media. To be honest, the challenge was pretty fun and since multiple submissions could be submitted I had a blast trying different ideas.
The designs I chose to make are mainly abstract marks based on symbols related to ancient Sparta. A few are stylized to resemble the Spartan helmet, and others are typographic. You can see a pair of process animations on this page that show how the logos were developed. I also layered in a bit of grunge to symbolize that the Spartan Race is a really messy thing. An event that leaves you totally soaked in mud probably shouldn't have a pristine mark.