In the 1977 book A Pattern Language, authors Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, Murray Silverstein and others describe more than 250 "patterns" as solutions to design problems. The patterns follow design principles but are also deeply rooted in nature and human history, which is why they resonate with us. Pattern number 247, "paving with cracks between the stones" addresses the good feeling of walking from stone to stone. Here is a modern interpretation using precast square and rectangular stepping stones in a gravel garden. I love the rhythm it creates.