I'm a lowly intern doing some research on public parks in the downtown Austin area. I've been given a project that is really outside my area of expertise, and I'd like to pick you guys' brains about it. The project that requires me to map several city blocks and label items [such as historic landmarks, bus stops, surrounding businesses, common pedestrian nodes, etc.] within a 1/4 mile radius of each park. This sounds simple enough, but I have absolutely no training in using design software or doing this kind of work. I do have access to Indesign and Illustrator on the computers in some of the libraries on campus. I'm guessing these are the best tools to use for this kind of work. Is that fair to say? What resources (online or books) would you recommend to a complete graphic design novice stepping into a project like this? Any general workflow recommendations or advice from people who have mapped city blocks or other things in the past would be appreciated. Again, I'm walking into this project completely blind. The maps located here are along the lines of what I have in mind. Don't know how achievable or realistic those expectations are for someone like me.