Mac OS X Lion character set includes Emoji support
I have continued to noodle around Mac OS X Lion and the Character Viewer/Keyboard Viewer icon at the top of the menu bar caught my eye because it looked different. I was surprised and pleased to find OS X now has Emoji support, with five groups of Emoji icons sorted by people, nature, objects, places and symbols. Emoji is the Japanese word for emoticons, the little smiley faces and other symbols used to express emotions in text-based communication.
The icons are very nicely done and are high-res as you increase the font size in a document. They show up as a font called "Apple Color Emoji" but if you don't want to change your font, you can insert any Emoji icon by opening the Character Viewer from the menu bar, selecting the icon you want to use and double clicking on it. This will insert the icon at the cursor in your document. There's even a checkered flag! Woohoo!