Being that I am a relative newcomer to this fun hobby.
It hit me a while ago that the breadboards are geared for components in a laid out structure.
Until...a project comes along where you may want to work with a bunch of LEDs. Rather than wire and solder the matrix that I am developing a may find the need to change out LEDs for brighter ones and I would have wasted a butt load of LEDs.
Yes, I could get shorter breadboards and align them in a linear stacked fashion but to me the visual effect is somewhat lost and spread out.
And Yes, I know I could line them out on a long breadboard but then I cannot see the patterns I am trying to animate.
Maybe this is a pipe dream on my part or maybe just a stupid question from this ole noob.
I'm not sure I understand what you're after, would you be able to throw us a quick sketch? even something made up in Paint might do better than a bunch of paragraphs. There's always something that can be done.
Maybe do this - build up your prototype using socket strips in the layout you want http://www.dipmicro.com/store/HDR40X1FM or wirewrap versions
and then just plug in the LEDs and resistors you are using.
If I get lucky searching, I could find a post where someone followed this suggestion, had posted a pic too, and was very happy with his results.
Of course it is rough and a lot of wishful thinking. I think Crossroads suggestion might fill the bill.
I am a coder so modular functionality make sense to me. The Breadboard is a great example and I understand that but using it as a design piece in a visual proto-type can be quite dis-functional. BUT that is just me and everyone is different. Since I am still quite new to this I am still a square piece pushing into a round hole. LOL
Hopefully this makes it really clear.
I don't do point to point soldering, just wirewrap. I find it quicker to do and way easier to make changes/corrections.
PCB sockets that I linked to will work the same.