Using the Horizon Frameworks
This series provides frameworks to illustrate a foreground and a horizon using perspective. They can actually be used as an alternative to a timeline. You can place icons for products that are launching on the grids closer to the beginning (bottom of the page) advancing toward the horizon above (the launch). You can also illustrate goals or targets and list the items that must be accomplished before the goal can be met. Consider using these horizon frameworks both coming from the horizon and going toward the horizon - both are useful.
The frameworks are developed so there are individual paths - 1 through 8. Each path is segmented and can be colored differently so that it can be vividly associated with a particular topic/object.
Customizing the Horizons
If you want to change the size/shape of the paths, be sure to group them and resize the entire group. Once resized, ungroup to proceed with other customizations.
The frameworks can accept both fill and line colors.
It's probably not worthwhile to apply 3D to these frameworks. There are so many fields that need to be ordered, depending on which way the 3D effect falls, that it would probably be easier to just add a rectangle on the front end of the horizons. See the example above: that's how the 3D was developed for this slide. Be sure that you set your grid to snap to other objects to achieve the precision you need while lining up the rectangles.
Shadows tend to detract from the effect. If you need to use a shadow for consistency purposes, choose a very short shadow.
Gradients, patterns, and pictures
Gradients show depth and volume. Use the gradients carefully and don't make the span of shades too different. See the animation in the example above. Patterns can be used, but they tend to disrupt the perspective. Stay away from importing pictures into the fields of these series.
Typically this framework would not be animated. The objects that are used with the framework would get the animation. You should download the animation example. If you're fairly competent at animations, it will be easy for you to advance the items on their paths and reduce their size at the same time to capitalize on the perspective elements of the frameworks/concepts.