I'm trying to create a directory of showroom locations and the type of products that they carry. I need an efficient way to manage the data (like an Access database) but I need to represent the product categories with icons. My team has drawn the icons in Illustrator and I have considered using a utility to create a custom icon font, but those custom icon fonts are web-fonts only and it appears that they cannot be used in the database directly. The final output needs to be in a printable format. Any suggestions on how to solve this? Do I need someone to write a custom script to run in InDesign?
Hard to say without seeing the layout, but perhaps Data Merge would work-- you can place images using data merge. Another possibility is to use some sort of text symbol, then use Find/Change to replace with contents of the clip board after copying an icon.
Or make your own font with a better utility: Indiscripts :: IndyFont