Made by Matthew Palmer, Rocket lets you put emoji characters anywhere on your Mac by typing a colon and then searching for your emoji. If you’ve ever added emoji to Slack, Rocket brings that feature system-wide to your Mac. For example, typing “:thu” gets me the thumbs up emoji 👍. This works anywhere on your Mac. I’m even using it in Obsidian, an electron app that doesn’t usually play nice with built-in text features on the Mac.
For $10, you can get Rocket Pro, which adds the ability to get to gifs, snippets, and symbols just as fast.