EEPROM -> how to store various function i.e 8x8 LE

Since EEPROM got total 255 address to write single byte only,
I would like to know if I got several functions (i.e basically the LED animated pattern a, b, c, d…),
how I can use the EEPROM read and write to do it?

What I want to do it having the animated pattern store in EEPROM, via serial communication with external software e.g MAX/MSP, the value pass from the software to the Arduino board and recall the animated pattern.

Alternatively, I found the library serial communication, I can execute serial.read and get data from the software,and execute the animated pattern on-the-fly, which one is better?

thanks

-soon