To do this I once again returned to looking for resources posted by Shirley Wu. I found an interactive introduction but it was a little confusing. I decided to browse her r/dataisbeautiful AMA and look for anyone with similar questions. I found someone in a similar position to me and she said the following:
When you start learning D3js, don’t focus on learning the big JS frameworks like react or angular; instead get a basic HTML scaffold going, figure out how to query for your dataset, and then dive into doing things with that data via D3js.
Avoid using frameworks that make use of D3js when you’re starting out, as the only way to truly learn a language or JS framework is to dive into it and not abstract a lot of the intricacies.”
This advice corroborates my difficulties getting started. It’s a lot to jump into for someone with little web development experience.
This is why I’m deciding to switch my project to web development first, then D3.js for the next portion!