22 pages on its own is not the issue. its how you use the space.
ill comment most on the layout and organization, and leave the content for others to get further into.
i agree that there’s lots of wasted space. and it doesnt come off “minimalist” if that’s your intent. ive said it before (someone else made up the quote, i just use it lots)-
“there’s a fine line between minimalism and boring-ism”.
your layout to me, honestly says boring with not much thought in deisgn.
the page titles are all over the place. im not sure if the project title is supposed to be the main title and the text to the left at the top the subheading, but nothing in layout, or weight gives the heirarchy i think you intend. not to mention that when flipping through, the pages titles overall get lost so i dont really know what im looking at…
you have a least 3 different fonts going on, for no reason. choose one font, and different weights, sizes and it will instantly help make a more cohesive look.
rearrange so at least the second page is something interesting to make a big hit. your first 4 pages are boring cv stuff, intro, problem statement, etc. most people would put it down before even getting to the good stuff (sketches, design work).
process pics are good to show, put just arranged on a page as you have them (soap proj) , it looks like a powerpoint slide. play with arrangement, size of pics, crop them, give titles so i know what im seeing.
get rid of the problem statement pages (have it on the same page as the design), get rid of the thank you page, consolidate other pages. your work will look stronger with more going on.
here’s some of mine to show what im trying to communicate. the problem statement is up top, what i did is on the left, with nice big pics, and still lots of white space (on the main project pages, sketch pages are self-explanatory and fill the page).
first step you’ve taken in asking for advice is a big one. too many people fall in love with their own portfolio and dont even think about how others see it. best test i suggest is to give it to a non-designer. your mom, a friend in another program…etc. do they know what’s going on? do they find it interesting?