Burden is a senior designer at design boutique I Love Dust. He also freelances under the name Therewillbeunicorns. He likes to produce work that references the pieces of vintage tat and printed material he gets from car boot sales and junk shops. Thomas has created work for book covers, ad campaigns, music videos and magazine editorials to packaging, animations, websites, stage visuals, building projections and the entire exterior of a Beirut shopping mall.

Vector graphics need not be two-dimensional. In this tutorial, Thomas Burden – aka ‘…and there will be unicorns’ – shows how Adobe Illustrator’s 3D extrusions and Map Art function can be used to create an imaginary room full of weird, wonderful and definitely retro computer kit.

Although pretty basic, these faux 3D functions in Illustrator can generate an infinite number of cool shapes and elements that can add a whole new dimension – literally – to working with vector graphics.

You can add further depth by shading these elements, either in Illustrator or, with a great deal more control, by importing them into Photoshop.

Time to complete

30 mins


Illustrator CS3 or higher, Photoshop CS3 or higher

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