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Norwich University of the Arts Provides Flexible Access to Fonts Across Campus with Universal Type Server

Industry: Education
Product Line: Server Based Font Management

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) is a specialist University offering high-quality education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, ranked by the Complete University Guide 2014 as the best specialist institution for Art Design. It offers a dynamic, contemporary and creative provision in arts, design and media courses, delivered from a unique campus in the heart of Norwich.

Typography is a very prominent element within a many subjects at the University. Undergraduate students working on design projects are able to explore the different sources of fonts available to them; and taking inspiration from typography is a vital part of the design process. Providing such flexibility across the campus demands a strong element of control to ensure compliance, while not disrupting print and production. So the University wanted to find a cost-effective solution to manage their font licenses, while keeping the workflow moving and supporting creative freedom.

Initially a free font management solution was deployed. In time, NUA found it was not keeping adequate track of fonts. As each student typically wanted to work with their own fonts, keeping track of them as they moved around the networked computer resources became challenging for the system. Students working on a project using fonts available to them in one resource found that they were not available to them on other NUA computers.

NUA realized free was coming with too high of a price, and went in search for a new solution.

After exploring different options, NUA opted for Universal Type Server. One of the main reasons was the ability of the system administrator to grant privileges on a user by user basis. This would allow each student the ability to install their own sets of fonts, whilst at the same time ensure that system fonts were protected.

Since deploying Universal Type Server, NUA now has the perfect balance of both ‘freedom’ and ‘control’.

Kirk Laws-Chapman, Resources Manager at NUA states: “Universal Type Server ensures that as students move from computer to computer within the NUA digital resources and printing facilities, they have the fonts they need available wherever they log in.”

Laws-Chapman adds: “Universal Type Server’s ability to offer protected system fonts, combined at the same time as allowing users to have personal workgroups, ensures that everything works as designed and the University can ensure that everyone has access to the purchased font collections.”

NUA are monitoring the frequency that the software is used and are maintaining their current licences with the view to expanding these if the need arises.